ACPA Members, Chapter/State affiliates, technology partners, and others are invited to a ribbon-cutting ceremony to commemorate the construction of a replica of the test strip that was placed by George Bartholomew in 1891 prior to the construction of America’s first concrete pavement.
The replica was designed as part of a project to revitalize the downtown area with a new outdoor patio expansion to the popular brick oven pizzeria, “Six Hundred Downtown.” The event will begin at 11:30 a.m. (Eastern) on July 12, and will be held in the 100 block of Main Street in downtown Bellefontaine. The unveiling of a commemorative plaque also will be part of the celebration.
The event will include remarks by Bellefontaine’s Mayor, the Hon. R. Benjamin Stahler, ACPA President and CEO Jerry Voigt, Great Lakes Cement Promotion Council Executive Director Ray McVeigh, and Ohio Concrete Association Executive Director Greg Colvin. Also invited are local officials from Bellefontaine and family members of the Bartholomew family. For additional details about the event, please click here to download an event flyer.
The event was organized by the Task Force for the Preservation of Historic Concrete Pavement Artifacts, and was made possible because of the contributions of corporate sponsors, in-kind contributors, and individual contributors. For a list of the contributors, please see the event flyer.
In April 2016, Bellefontaine was the site of a 125th Anniversary celebration of the first concrete pavement, and that event prompted the concept of further recognize the original concrete pavement. Participation in the event is free of charge, but interested parties are asked to register with Amy Fimple of the Ohio Chapter, ACPA at 614.891.0210 or email@example.com.