7 Ways Concrete Roads Will Save the Environment
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:
- 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.
- Concrete roads save energy and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
- Concrete roads use half the amount of granular material needed for asphalt as concrete’s rigidity supplies a major portion of its structural capacity.
- 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.
- Vehicles consume less fuel on concrete roads as concrete’s rigidity reduces the road’s deflection under the load of a vehicle.
- Concrete roads reduce the need for artificial lighting at night. The reflective nature of concrete can achieve a specified luminance level reducing lighting requirement.
- 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.