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Why CEMEX Concrete Pavements


  Operating Countries # of Projects Mln Square Meters**
2010 3 153 7.9
2011 7 188 8.0
2012 7 315 8.3
2013 15 368 7.4
2014* 15 400 12
Cumulative   1,424 43.6

After the establishment of our first infrastructure project division in Mexico in 1992, pavement-related activities have expanded over time and seen explosive growth in the past two years.

* Forecast
**:1 million square meters is the equivalent of 150 km of a two-lane highway

CEMEX Conventional Concrete - Alberto Motta Highway, PANAMA

Alberto Motta Highway, Panama – CEMEX Conventional Concrete

Since 2010, CEMEX has built over 33 million square meters of pavements. This is the equivalent of a 5,000 km two-lane road.

Superior Durability at Minimum Maintenance

Concrete’s superior durability ensures
minimum maintenance costs.

The superior durability of concrete over asphalt ensures low and predictable maintenance costs.
This is the main reason why there are more than 80,000 km of concrete highways in the US and almost 4,000 km of concrete autobahn in Germany.

Time to first rehabilitation

Significantly Lower Cost Over the Full Life Cycle

The durability of concrete makes it the smarter choice.

Including the full life cycle of the project, concrete has significant lower total cost versus asphalt despite its slightly higher initial cost.

Comparison of initial and maintenance cost

Reduced Heat Island Effect

Concrete can be more than 15°C (27°F) colder than
asphalt on a warm day.

Cities are warmer than their surroundings, which in summer leads to discomfort, health risks, and higher air conditioning use. Light-colored surfaces such as concrete reduce the Urban Heat Island Effect.

Normal and termographic pictures of pavements

Reduced Vehicle Fuel Consumption

According to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), concrete pavements can reduce fuel consumption by up to 3%.

On the rigid surface of a concrete pavement the wheels do not sink as much as they do on flexible, i.e. asphalt, pavements. This effect, called deflection, is invisible to the naked eye, but has a noticeable impact on fuel efficiency.

Rigid and flexible pavement

Deflection-induced fuel consumption on asphalt is more than twice as high as that on concrete of the same thickness.

Our Pavement Solutions

Conventional Concrete Pavement

The classic solution for all applications: durable, low life-cycle costs, and flexible design.

Conventional Concrete Pavement - Paseo de los Fuertes, Puebla, MEXICO

Paseo de los Fuertes, Puebla, Mexico


Rigid pavement with minimum recommended thickness 12 cm based on established design methodologies.


  • Longer lifetime
  • Excellent surface finish
  • Very little maintenance
  • Competitive initial cost
  • Special solutions(1)


  • Reduction of support structure
  • Low maintenance cost
  • Optional decorative pavements

Cost Comparison for 10-mile (16 km) 4-lane Highway Project in Florida

Cost Comparison for 10-mile (16 km) 4-lane Highway Project

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Thin Concrete Pavement

An innovative solution to reduce construction costs for pavements with less traffic.

Thin Concrete Pavement - Mulukuku road in NICARAGUA

Small Slab size on the Río Blanco – Mulukuku road in Nicaragua


Alternative pavement design with optimized slab thickness due to reduced slab size, particularly suitable for low-traffic pavements.


  • Slabs designed with 1.5 to 3 m joint spacing to minimize flexural stress; allows for thinner slabs
  • Successful combination with cement-treated base


  • Low maintenance cost
  • Up to 20% lower construction cost compared to conventional concrete
  • Less construction materials needed
Pavement Thickness and Total Life-Cycle Cost

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Roller Compacted Concrete

A new solution that combines the durability and strength of concrete with the ease of asphalt paving.

Roller Compacted Concrete - Birmingham Bus Lay-by, UK

Birmingham Bus Lay-by, UK (top) / Tattershall Access Road, UK (bottom)


Zero-slump concrete placed with asphalt paver with the same design methodology and support structure as conventional concrete.


  • Very innovative solution
  • Short construction time
  • Surface finish not as smooth as conventional concrete


  • Initial cost similar to asphalt or even significant savings for heavy-duty applications
  • Use of conventional equipment and teams
RCC vs. Asphalt comparisons

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Concrete Overlay/Whitetopping

The best rehabilitation for existing pavements.

Concrete Overlay/Whitetopping - Av. 18 de Noviembre, Puebla, MEXICO

Av. 18 de Noviembre, Puebla, Mexico


Rehabilitation of an existing pavement with a concrete overlay with the purpose of extending the pavement life at least 15 more years.


  • Well established technology
  • Can be applied to all kinds of existing roads as long as the base is intact
  • Overlay over asphalt requires at least 5 cm (2") of existing asphalt layer


  • Most cost-efficient solution for rehabilitation of roads
  • Use of existing pavement as base structure
  • Much faster than complete reconstruction
Construction Time and Total Life-Cycle Cost

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Cement Treated Base

The perfect foundation for every type of pavement.

Cement Treated Base - Full-depth reclamation in Huesca province, Spain

Full-depth reclamation in Huesca province, Spain


Strong uniform base for current and future loading conditions. Stabilize a variety of soils with a single stabilizer (cement).


  • Well established solution
  • Low cement content
  • Option to recycle worn out asphalt pavements (Full-depth Reclamation, FDR)


  • Reduced thickness of both base and surface course
  • Cost-effective recycling of existing pavements (FDR)
Construction Cost and Total Life-Cycle Cost

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Soil Cement

The absolute low-cost solution for low- to medium-traffic.

Soil Cement - Huesca, Spain

Huesca, Spain – CEMEX Soil Cement


Addition of cement into existing soil for low- to medium-traffic roads. Also provides an excellent base for further upgrades.


  • Extended pavement life and reduced base thickness compared to unbound solution
  • Reduce soil plasticity index and potential expansion


  • Absolute low-cost solution for rural applications
  • Open to light traffic after 24 hours
  • Excellent base for later upgrade of top layer
Construction Cost

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Our Solutions Match All Pavement Applications

Urban highway - Puebla, Mexico

Puebla, Mexico

This urban highway of 5.3 km was completely reconstructed in conventional concrete in order to put an end to the constant maintenance and repair work that the previous asphalt surface required.

4-Lane highway - Tijuana, Mexico

Tijuana, Mexico

Disappointed with the quality of its asphalt-paved road network the city of Tijuana asked CEMEX to rehabilitate more than 160 km of 4-lane highways with whitetopping. In addition, CEMEX provided support for the financing of the project under a public-private partnership (PPP) scheme.

Highway - Guadalajara-Colima, Mexico

Guadalajara-Colima, Mexico

A 34.5 km stretch of the highway with a total surface of 528,000 m² was rehabilitated in full-depth reclamation, i.e. a cement treated base using the pre-existing asphalt layer as aggregates, resulting in almost 12% savings in cost and around 30% less construction time.

Autobahn - Dortmund–Kassel, Germany

Dortmund–Kassel, Germany

This stretch of autobahn built with conventional concrete used 9,000 metric tons of CEMEX cement that was not only optimized for pavements but also reduced the carbon footprint of the project by some 2,500 metric tons of CO2.

Houston, Texas, USA – CEMEX Conventional Concrete

Houston, Texas, USA – CEMEX Conventional Concrete

Concrete Rehabilitation - Puebla, Mexico

Puebla, Mexico

A 120,000 m² whitetopping project to rehabilitate a worn-out asphalt pavement; in addition ot the life-cycle cost saving of 54% compared to an asphalt rehabilitation, construction time was cut by 20%.

Concrete Rehabilitation - San Angelo, Texas, USA

San Angelo, Texas, USA

The roller compacted concrete design for this 12,800 m² project convinced the city engineer: 41% less cost for rehabilitation and maintenance, first major rehabilitation after 25 years, and 10 fewer days of construction time.

Parking - Solin, CROATIA

Solin, Croatia

The application of conventional concrete with exposed aggregates gives this 1,635 m² parking a distinctive and elegant look while ensuring superior durability.

Park - Cali, COLOMBIA

Cali, Colombia

Another example of decorative conventional concrete is this park featuring 9,800 m² of colored concrete, built by CEMEX as a turnkey project with a fixed and guaranteed price per m², effectively eliminating cost risks for the municipality.

Av. Usminia, Bogota, COLOMBIA – CEMEX Conventional Concrete

Av. Usminia, Bogota, Colombia
– CEMEX Conventional Concrete

BRT - Puebla, Mexico

Puebla, Mexico (BRT)

40 buses operate on this 18.5 km line built by CEMEX with conventional concrete. This kind of Bus Rapid Transit system offers a performance similar to that of a train line, but with more flexibility and at lower cost.

TransMilenio - Bogota, COLOMBIA

Bogota, Colombia

CEMEX supplied the concrete for the city’s TransMilenio bus network which is recognized by the United Nations for reducing CO2 emissions by almost 250,000 tons per year.

BRT - Mexico City, MEXICO

Mexico City, Mexico

Line 3 of the Metrobus, built with conventional concrete, is a key element of the city’s BRT system that improves access to public transport, shortens travel times and reduces CO2 emissions by 110,000 tons per year, the equivalent of taking more than 35,000 vehicles off the road.

Bus lay-by - Birmingham, UK

Birmingham, UK

Roller compacted concrete was the best solution for this bus lay-by. In addition to significant savings in both initial cost and maintenance it was the particularly short construction time of 2 days that convinced city officials to choose this solution.

Bogota, COLOMBIA – CEMEX Conventional Concrete

Bogota, Colombia – CEMEX Conventional Concrete

Warehouse - Augsburg, Germany

Augsburg, Germany

The high racks in this warehouse lead to extreme loads on the pavement. CEMEX helped solve this challenge with the use of fiber-reinforced conventional concrete for the 10,000 m² floor space.

Train loading yard - Washwood Heath, UK

Washwood Heath, UK

The challenging combination of high loadings and poor soil in this train loading yard asked for 15,000 m² of roller compacted concrete on a cement-treated base – for little more than half the cost of an asphalt-based pavement.

In-plant roads - Alexandria, Egypt

Alexandria, Egypt

The Savola Sugar Refinery had CEMEX build around 60,000 m² of in-plant roads with conventional concrete. In light of the heavy trucks the client did not even consider asphalt as an alternative.

Distribution Center - Huehuetoca, Mexico

Huehuetoca, Mexico

Casting large surface areas requires special know-how and experience, like in the “CEDI Liverpool” Distribution Center that features 47,000 m² of conventional concrete.

CTCC Warehouse, Mexico City, MEXICO – CEMEX Conventional Concrete

CTCC Warehouse, Mexico City, Mexico
– CEMEX Conventional Concrete

Airport - Mexico City, Mexico

Mexico City, Mexico

The use of a rapidly hardening concrete that was developed by CEMEX allowed the use of the apron just a few hours after the placement of the conventional concrete slabs in this recent rehabilitation work at Mexico’s largest airport.

Air base - Pie de la Cuesta, Mexico

Pie de la Cuesta, Mexico

This air base on the Pacific coast of 70,000 m² was particularly challenging due to the poor soil quality. CEMEX solved the problem by designing and building with conventional concrete over a cement-treated base.

Airport - Panama City, Panama

Panama City, Panama

In order to prepare for higher travel volumes, Panama City’s international airport chose conventional concrete as the most durable solution for heavy aircraft and tropical conditions, and contracted CEMEX to pave 163,000 m² in a turnkey project.

Air base - Victor Peace Airbase, Egypt

Victor Peace Airbase, Egypt

This 50,000 m² job is not only notable due to the climatic conditions 30 km west of Cairo, but also because it satisfies the challenging standards of the US Army Corps of Engineers.

La Maiquetia Airport, VENEZUELA – CEMEX Conventional Concrete

La Maiquetia Airport, Venezuela
– CEMEX Conventional Concrete

Road - Deltebre, Spain

Deltebre, Spain

Soil cement technology is the effective solution for mud and erosion that enables this road to be used year-round, and at the same time was some 30% cheaper than an equivalent asphalt road.

Road - Cebu, Philippines

Cebu, Philippines

High quality aggregates are scarce in some parts of the country. The durability of cement-based pavements like conventional concrete can mitigate this problem and at the same time saves money.

Road - Mulukuku, Nicaragua

Mulukuku, Nicaragua

Short slabs reduced initial cost by 16% and life-cycle cost by 27% compared to asphalt; based on the success of this project CEMEX has been involved in a dozen of similar projects in this country.

Road - Tattershall, UK

Tattershall, UK

This rural access road of around 3,200 m² was one of the first uses of roller compacted concrete in the country. Initial cost was reduced by 15% compared to an asphalt alternative, and maintenance is expected to be negligible.

San Francisco de Asis, NICARAGUA – CEMEX Soil Cement

San Francisco de Asis, Nicaragua
– CEMEX Soil Cement