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Paving the Way to a Sustainable Future

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Environmental Stewardship
Concrete is produced from abundant natural resources, reduces toxic run-off and is easily recycled. It is also cooler in the summer which provides outdoor comfort, reduces the heat island effect, and decreases the energy needed for interior cooling. The reflective property of concrete also reduces lighting energy needs. On the road, concrete even improves fuel economy. 

Economic Responsibility - Save money today, invest in the future.
While concrete has always made the most sense in the long run, the rising cost of oil and enhanced refining capabilities have forced asphalt prices through the roof, making concrete the best short-term paving solution as well. Concrete’s strength decreases maintenance costs in ways you can see now and down the road. 

Durability - Build a lasting Infrastructure.
No other paving material approaches concrete’s strength and durability in standing up to heavy usage and truck traffic. Concrete lasts longer, without the need for resurfacing, patching or surface sealing. 

It all intersects at Sustainability
In apples-to-apples comparisons, using ACI, AASHTO or other procedures to ensure structural design equivalents, concrete delivers structurally, financially and environmentally. For an infrastructure that can withstand the test of time while remaining financially viable and environmentally responsible, concrete is the answer for Maryland.

  • Concrete is the better long-term value because a concrete road performs well for 20 to 30 years — about three times longer than an asphalt one.
    Because it is produced locally, concrete decreases transportation costs and pollution. Most of the liquid asphalt used in Maryland is trucked in from other states.
  • Concrete is more rigid than asphalt, making concrete roads up to 4 percent more fuel efficient for cars and up to 7 percent for large trucks.
  • Concrete reflects light, making the pavement brighter while reducing the energy needed to light it by up to 30 percent. Likewise, concrete reflects heat, reducing the “heat island” effect and ambient temperatures by up to 7 to 10 degrees.
  • Concrete can contain recycled materials like fly ash (a coal burning byproduct) and be recycled at the end of its long service life.
  • Advances in road design, concrete placement, and concrete mix designs have dramatically lowered initial costs. Now the initial cost difference with asphalt has eroded and with skyrocketing asphalt prices, all indications are that it will dramatically reverse!