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.