ACPA and IGGA are among several groups working to coordinate a 125th anniversary celebration of the first concrete pavement in the United States. The event will be held in Bellefontaine, Ohio, on Monday, April 25. The event will be held the day prior to the Spring meetings of the TTCC/National Concrete Consortium, which are scheduled for April 26-28, Columbus, Ohio.
A view of Court Street, Bellefontaine, Ohio. (Credit: Credit: Ohio Chapter-ACPA, 2006.)
In 1891, the first concrete pavement, an 8-ft -wide section was placed on Main Street in front of the Logan County Courthouse. A segment placed in 1893 on Court Street remains in service today.
About the Celebration
A tentative program follows:
- Part 1 – Long-Life Concrete Pavements
– An historical perspective and best practices (Location: Hyatt Regency-Columbus Hotel), 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.
– Invited presentations on historical highlights of concrete pavement technology developments in the United States and Canada.
– Best practices for design and construction of long-life concrete pavements
- Part 2 – Site Visit (Beginning at 3:00 p.m.)
– Overview of the Bellefontaine project (following end of Part 1)
– Depart hotel at 3:45 pm for one hour drive to Bellefontaine
– Site visit – project and town (5:00 to 6:00 pm)
– Depart Bellefontaine at 6:00 pm.
Attendance is free of charge. Additional details are still being worked out, and the tentative program above is subject to change.
Interested parties may contact Shiraz Tayabji, ARA, email@example.com, for registration.
Task Force Seeks to Preserve Concrete Pavement Artifacts
In related news, a task force on preservation of artifacts from historic concrete pavements is being formed. The task force is planning five major activities:
- Develop a Definition and Scope of Historically Significant Concrete Pavements
- Develop a Database of Existing Historical Concrete Pavements
- Identification of Permanent Repository for Information and Physical Artifacts
- Collection of Historical Artifacts
- Develop-Web-based Display Tools:
For additional information, please contact Kurt Smith, APTech, firstname.lastname@example.org; Larry Scofield, IGGA, email@example.com; or Shiraz Tayabji, ARA, firstname.lastname@example.org.