Canadians spend a lot of time on the highway. The average commute time in 2010 was 26 minutes. Getting to work in Toronto and Montreal now takes longer than it does in New York, Los Angeles or London, UK.

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Canada depends on its highway network. Our economy moves on it. And the highway network depends on cement, aggregates and concrete for structural elements, barriers and curbs.

Asphalt road surfaces are quick to install and easy to maintain, making them the mainstay of Canadian highways. They provide the ability to use staged construction by adding additional asphalt when traffic loads warrant it. Aggregates are integral to asphalt � the better the aggregate, the better the asphalt performance. Our experts can assist with material selection and design guidance.

Yet more and more engineers are moving to concrete road surfaces for highways with high levels of truck traffic. The original stretch of the 407 ETR in Ontario was built with concrete because the client wanted a system with as little maintenance costs down the road as possible. Concrete roads are also cost competitive, even when their lifecycle advantages are taken out of the equation. An example: even though sections of the 401 in Ontario are set up for low-bid procurement, the alternate bid is swinging to concrete.

With that enhanced durability, comes increased safety for both pavement types. Sustainable benefits such as improved night time visibility and reduced heat island effect also need to be considered when choosing the appropriate pavement type

While building better highways cannot make the drivers better, it can provide an easier driving surface so that drivers can concentrate on what is in front of them instead of what is below. Concrete pavement even provides fuel savings for trucks, and that helps reduce smog.

Our experts are excited about the prospect of more concrete road surfaces on our highways. We�re accessing our global R&D resources and working with consulting engineers, Ministries of Transportation and municipalities across the country, providing design assistance, cost comparisons and materials selection advice.

Because better highways mean more productive communities.