01 Concrete. Solid, Safe and Lasting

Concrete represents an ideal choice for many road applications. Concrete’s strength, durability and resilience futureproofs your construction.

Concrete allows you to build strong roads. It can provide a service life of 40 years or more, withstand extreme environmental and operating conditions, and is ideal for heavy traffic loads.

Its durability means that over its life a concrete road typically requires less maintenance resulting in less public disruption.

Concrete roads won’t shove or vertically rut and are less susceptible to potholes, they resist impact and abrasion, and petro-chemical attack. Concrete’s diamond grooved surface provides low noise, good traction and a smooth ride.

Concrete’s strength allows the pavement to maintain its texture for a long time, creating a safe, smooth and quiet road over the long-term.

Concrete’s is an extremely durable pavement material. Concrete is resilient against extreme Australian weather conditions and its performance is not compromised by hot weather or fires, nor erode in floods.

With concrete, you know you are constructing a Road that is safe and solid, not only for today…but for future generations to come.



02 Concrete. Better Value

Concrete pavements are renowned for their long life and low maintenance, especially under tough weather and heavy traffic conditions.

Independent lifecycle cost analysis modelling has shown that concrete pavements are the lowest cost to construct and maintain, representing superior value for road asset owners and the community alike [Arcadis Modelling1].

The report concluded that when compared to full depth asphalt, low noise diamond grooved concrete was found to deliver 11-18% savings on construction costs and 43-55% savings on maintenance costs over a typical heavily trafficked road project with a 40-year design life.

This suggests that by constructing with concrete, an overall cost saving in the order of 25% can be achieved, making concrete the best value pavement.

03 Concrete. Sustainable for Life

Across its life, concrete is a remarkably sustainable construction material, from the sourcing of materials through to design, operation and end-of-life decommissioning and recycling.

Concrete is locally manufactured, supporting the local community and creating local employment. This also minimises the costs, environmental impact and supply chain risks of imported materials. 

Concrete is 100% recyclable and uses recycled materials in manufacture. It naturally absorbs carbon from the atmosphere throughout its life, with Global studies demonstrating up to one third of the original CO2 emissions re-absorbed.

Concrete pavements are rigid and do not deform under heavy vehicle loads. This lowers rolling resistance which reduces heavy vehicle fuel usage by around 4.5%2.

Furthermore, concrete roads reflect up to twice the heat that is absorbed by typical black road surfaces. This can help make our cities cooler. Through future technologies, concrete’s high thermal mass may even be used as a heat energy store to support our renewable energy needs.

Concrete is a sustainable material that is good to live with for its entire life.


[1] Life Cycle Cost Analysis, Concrete v Asphalt Pavements, Arcadis, 15 November 2017
[2] Comparison of Fuel Consumption on Rigid versus Flexible Pavements, Florida International University, 27 July 20143.  

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