The concrete in this stretch of the I-10 in Southern California was placed in 1947, additional lanes were added in 1967. Today, the concrete continues to carry more than 200,000 vehicles a day. Is 67 years a good return on investment for California drivers? You bet it is!
The Concrete Solution for Highways
While concrete highway pavement has many advantages, it is known best for superior durability and long life. This durability aspect translates to fewer maintenance and construction related road delays, as well as lower life-cycle costs. Concrete pavements have an average service life of 30 to 50 years. In California where vehicle traffic has grown beyond expectations, many concrete highways are preforming very well at ages greater than 50 years.
Benefits of Using Concrete for Highways
Vehicles traveling on concrete highways use less fuel because the rolling resistance is much lower than on other paving materials.
Concrete highways are naturally light-reflective which reduces lighting requirements saving energy and providing a safer nighttime environment.
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