Introduction to Concrete Pavements

Concrete is hard, rigid and durable—it is the traditional material of choice for constructing buildings, bridges and other types of infrastructure. For the same reasons, concrete is also an excellent choice for roads.

Concrete roads can deliver superior value and performance over their lifetime. According to independent research, concrete roads can save money, reduce harmful emissions, improve safety, and spare users the aggravation of roads under constant repair.

Subgrades and subbases are also an important part of any pavement structure.  It is important to have a good understanding of the insitu subgrade material characteristics to determine if they meet specification requirements or if they need to be removed or modified. The key for concrete pavements is uniformity of the subgrade strength to prevent dynamic loading on the concrete pavement.

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