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Celebrating the First Concrete Pavement

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It was the first concrete pavement in the United States, and this year, it turns 125 years old.   To celebrate this important milestone in transportation history, a celebration is planned for April 25.  The event begins in Columbus, Ohio, and continues in Bellefontaine.

The event commemorates the placement of an 8-ft wide section of concrete on Bellefontaine’s Main Street in front of the Logan County Courthouse.  Placed in 1891, the original pavement was such a success that the city authorized additional concrete pavement to be placed on Court Street in 1893, and that section remains in service today. 

To participate in or learn more about the event, please click here for an event flyer.   A growing number of companies and individuals are signing up to sponsor the event.   Organizers are requesting a nominal contribution of $250. Current sponsors include: 

  • AECOM
  • American Concrete Pavement Association
  • Applied Pavement Technology, Inc.
  • Applied Research Associates, Inc.
  • Cemex
  • Essroc
  • Forta Corp.
  • Fugro
  • Gulisek Construction
  • International Grinding & Grooving Assoc.
  • LafargeHolcim
  • Michael I. Darter
  • Minnich Manufacturing
  • Ohio Concrete/OH Chapter ACPA
  • Ohio Ready Mix, Inc.
  • Portland Cement Association
  • St Marys Cement, a Votorantim Company
  • The Fort Miller Co., Inc. 

Contributions may be made directly through the Ohio Concrete Association’s website at: http://www.ohioconcrete.org/product/bellefontainestreet/.

The event happens the day before the beginning of the TTCC/National Concrete Consortium, which is scheduled for April 26 through 28 in Columbus, Ohio. 

Also scheduled the same week is the semi-annual ACPA-affiliated Chapter/State Executive meeting, which will be held on April 28 and 29, at the Hyatt Regency in Columbus.   For event and hotel registration, please follow this link:http://www.acpa.org/2016-chapterstate-mid-year-registration/

Event to Commemorate First Concrete Pavement

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.)

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, stayabji@gmail.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, ksmith@appliedpavement.com; Larry Scofield, IGGA, lscofield@pavement.com; or Shiraz Tayabji, ARA, stayabji@gmail.com.

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