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7 Ways Concrete Roads Will Save the Environment

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Did you know that concrete roads can reduce your vehicle’s fuel consumption and reduce the need for artificial lighting at night?

Here’s a list of seven ways in which concrete roads provide tremendous environmental benefits:

  1. Concrete Roads have a long life (at least 40 years) and require minimal repair and maintenance. Many highways in the US have supported a heavy volume of traffic for more than fifty years.
  2. Concrete roads save energy and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
  3. Concrete roads use half the amount of granular material needed for asphalt as concrete’s rigidity supplies a major portion of its structural capacity.
  4. Concrete roads are 100% recyclable. At the end of its life, concrete can be crushed and reused as granular fill, sub base material or base course for new pavements.
  5.  Vehicles consume less fuel on concrete roads as concrete’s rigidity reduces the road’s deflection under the load of a vehicle.
  6.  Concrete roads reduce the need for artificial lighting at night. The reflective nature of concrete can achieve a specified luminance level reducing lighting requirement.
  7.  The use of pervious concrete for low volume roads can provide a range of environmental benefits including storm water management, first-flush pollution control and it minimises the impact of development on trees.