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Concrete pavement; Windsor, Ontario

5 Key Benefits of Concrete Pavement

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Durable and low maintenance

Over a 50-year period, a concrete road requires only a third of the maintenance of an asphalt road. This saves money and helps spread out maintenance dollars more efficiently.

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Most cost-effective

Concrete roads today are competitive with asphalt pavement on first cost - actually often less expensive - and almost always less expensive when lifecycle costs are considered.

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Resource efficient

Concrete pavements require 66% less energy and 73% less base material (stone, sand and gravel) than asphalt pavements, conserving the environment and reducing GHGs.

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Fuel efficient

Concrete roads improve the fuel efficiency of traffic by up to 7%, yielding reductions in carbon emissions of up to 12,000 metric tonnes per lane kilometer, equivalent to avoiding the consumption of over five million liters of gas over the pavement’s lifecycle.

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Energy efficient

Concrete’s light color and natural reflectance brighten roads, parking areas and sidewalks, reducing exterior lighting requirements at night by up to 24% and keeping communities cool by reducing the urban heat island effect.