Concrete is perfect for heavy traffic
The use of concrete instead of asphalt for roadways in delivery hubs can be attributed to several factors:
- Durability: Concrete is known for its durability and long lifespan compared to asphalt. It can withstand heavy loads and constant traffic over extended periods without significant deterioration. In delivery hubs, where there is a high volume of vehicles and heavy trucks, concrete can provide a robust surface that can handle the continuous stress and weight.
- Load-bearing capacity: Concrete has superior load-bearing capacity compared to asphalt. It can support heavy vehicles and equipment commonly found in delivery hubs without experiencing significant deformation or structural damage. This is crucial for ensuring safe and reliable transportation within the hub, especially when dealing with large shipments and industrial machinery.
- Resistance to oil and chemical spills: Delivery hubs often deal with vehicles that may leak oil or other chemicals. Concrete has a higher resistance to such spills compared to asphalt, which can be susceptible to damage and staining from oil and chemical substances. Concrete surfaces are easier to clean and maintain in these situations, ensuring a safer and more presentable environment.
- Reduced maintenance requirements: While initial construction costs for concrete roadways may be higher than those for asphalt, concrete generally requires less maintenance over its lifespan. It is less prone to cracking and potholes, resulting in fewer repairs and associated costs. This advantage is particularly beneficial for large-scale operations like delivery hubs, where minimizing disruptions and maximizing efficiency is crucial.
- Enhanced visibility: Concrete roadways tend to have a lighter color compared to asphalt, which can improve visibility, especially in low-light conditions. This can be beneficial for vehicle operators and pedestrians within the delivery hub, contributing to overall safety and reducing the risk of accidents.
2 Billion tons of cement (one of the main ingredients of Concrete) are produced each year.
6 Billion cubic meters of concrete are produced every year. That’s 1 cubic meter for every person on earth.
Concrete is used more than any other man-made material on the planet.
Thomas Edison held 49 patents related to concrete. We are not sure if the concrete light bulb worked or not but have yet to see one.
In 1891, Bellefontaine, Ohio became the location of the first concrete street in America. It was only 9 feet wide and 24 feet long.
The world’s longest concrete road is the Pennsylvania Turnpike. It stretches for more than 550 miles.
The MIT Concrete Sustainability Hub brings together leaders from academia, industry, and government to develop breakthroughs using a holistic approach that works to achieve durable and sustainable homes, buildings, and infrastructure in ever more demanding environments.
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