Concrete pavements have been a mainstay of America’s infrastructure for more than 50 years. The country’s first concrete street, built in Bellefontaine, Ohio, in 1891, is still in service today. Moreover, these long-lasting pavements are not confined to one region of North America, nor to a specific type of environment or climate. Concrete can handle the freezing winters of the Upper Peninsula of Michigan to the scorching heat of the Southwest.
While concrete pavements are best known as the riding surface for interstate highways, concrete is a durable, economical and sustainable solution for state highways, rural roadways, residential and city streets, intersections, airstrips, intermodal facilities, military bases, parking lots, and more.
Regardless of the type of roadway or current pavement conditions, there is a concrete solution. Concrete can be used for new pavements, reconstruction, resurfacing, restoration, or rehabilitation. View or download a fact sheet on Integrated Paving Solutions.
- Long life - Concrete pavements have an average service life of 30 to 50 years.
- Low maintenance requirements and costs - No need for repeated resurfacing, frequent spot repairs or patching.
- Smoother trafﬁc ﬂow - The construction of concrete pavements does not require lengthy lane closures.
- Quick reopening - Roads can be reopened in as short as six hours.
- Low life-cycle cost - Consumes minimal materials, energy, and other resources for construction, maintenance, and rehabilitation activities throughout its service life.
- Safety - Less susceptible to the formation of heavy-vehicle wheel ruts; easier to see at night; ensures shorter vehicle stopping distances in wet weather; due to longevity, there are fewer work zones over the life of the pavement.