Paving stone expanse links Sochi Olympics venues

Source: Probst Greiftechnik Verlegesysteme GmbH, Germany

Hundreds of thousands of visitors to Sochi will test an impressive interlocking concrete paving stone installation serving the Russia-hosted 2014 Winter Olympics—this year marking the games’ first in which all arenas can be reached on foot.

In order to allow Olympians and winter sports fans to trek from one competition to the next as easily as possible, the routes in the Sochi Olympic Park were completely repaved by Technologii Blagoustrojstwa (TB). With a PowerPlan PP screeding and four VM-203 installation machines—all from Germany’s Probst—TB crews tackled pavement construction quickly and efficiently leading into this month’s festivities.

The VM-203 affords operators clear view of both the laying edge and conditions toward the back of the machine and a low center of gravity for optimal stability at any operating position. Its double articulated steering feature ensures that no horizontal forces are applied when turning since the wheels only roll over the pavers instead of twisting against them. Minnesota-based Pave Tech Inc. represents Probst in North America.  —;