Why Concrete?

Safety

Visibility – Because concrete reflects light, it increases visibility.
Traction – Concrete pavements provide superior traction. They are built with added surface texture and never rut, eliminating water accumulation and reducing hydroplaning risks.

Lower Cost, Higher Value

Initial Cost – Because concrete is so strong, concrete pavement requires less construction material, which reduces costs. Concrete can cost up to 15% more to construct, but lasts about 100% longer.
Long-Term Value – Longer life expectancies and minimal maintenance make concrete pavement the best value in the long-term.
Durability – After one month, concrete begins to harden over time. Concrete pavements often exceed their expected lifespan and traffic loads.
Speedy Paving – In as little as 12 hours, concrete pavement can be built and open to traffic—three times faster than asphalt pavements.
Ease of Repair – Concrete’s durability reduces the need for maintenance and repairs. When work is necessary, the scope is typically smaller than asphalt repairs.
Fuel Savings – The hard surface of concrete pavement can increase truck fuel efficiency, reducing fuel costs.

Versatility

Flexible Lifespan – Depending on a project’s needs, concrete pavements can be designed to last as many as 50 years or as few as 10.
Whitetopping – Placing a thin layer of concrete over asphalt is a fast, cost-effective way to improve old pavements.
Restoration – The lifespan of concrete pavement can be multiplied up to nine times through restoration.

Environmentally Friendly

Local Resources – Concrete makes use of local materials, not resources from distant parts of the world.

Sustainability

What is sustainability?
According to the UN General Assembly in 1987 sustainability is:

“Meet[ing] the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.”

In order to achieve sustainability, every corporate / government decision should consider the impact on the triple – bottom – line, or the Social, Economic and Environmental (SEE) impacts.

In 2005, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) started the Green Highways Initiative as an instrument for coordinating transportation and environmentalism. According to this initiative, “green highways” are those that are environmentally responsible and sustainable in all aspects, including design, construction, and maintenance. A major focus of the initiative is to demonstrate and ensure that sustainable practices in pavements can go hand in hand with economic success. This is indeed true of concrete pavements.

Particularly because of its long life, concrete is an economical, cost-effective pavement solution that consumes minimal materials, energy, and other resources for construction, maintenance, and rehabilitation activities over its lifetime.

Concrete Pavements – the clear choice for environmentally sensitive and economically sustainable roadways.