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Foundation guides industry to the next concrete pavement frontier

Looking beyond roads, streets, parking lots and traditional flatwork, the Ready Mixed Concrete Research and Education Foundation responds to an emerging pavement market opportunity for ready mixed concrete producers in its latest publication. The 36-page Guide to Concrete Trails covers project background and funding; choice of concrete versus alternative paving materials; design and engineering; concrete mix designs, delivery and placement; paving machinery and slab finishing methods; plus, jointing, curing and maintenance.

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The new title and road map to concrete trail project success are posted at www.rmc-foundation.org.

“Given increased federal and local investment in recreational trails, funding development of this Guide was a very easy decision for our Board,” says Foundation Chairman Alexander Car (Lehigh Portland Cement). “This project is another stellar example of the informative and practical resources that the Foundation provides to the industry each year.”

Like its popular predecessor, Guide to Concrete Overlays of Asphalt Parking Lots, Trails was prepared by the Iowa State University-hosted National Concrete Pavement Technology Center. Development included review and input from a Technical Advisory Committee comprised of the most experienced concrete pavement designers and contractors in the country. Both publications are available for download at www.rmc-foundation.org; hardcopies can be obtained on request.

“We received a huge return on investment with the Concrete Overlay Guide and anticipate a similar result with Guide to Concrete Trails,” notes Foundation Executive Director Julie Garbini.