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:
- American Concrete Pavement Association
- Applied Pavement Technology, Inc.
- Applied Research Associates, Inc.
- Forta Corp.
- Gulisek Construction
- International Grinding & Grooving Assoc.
- 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/.