‘Alternative pavement’ stands the test of time

Big Horn Avenue today: The roller-compacted concrete (RCC) pavement shows signs of age, but none that require major repair. City of Alliance, Neb., Public Works Director Ron Perry reports the road has required “much fewer repairs” than conventional concrete pavement at 20 years.

Big Horn Avenue 2005: Some cracks had been sealed before 2000, but the roller-compacted concrete (RCC) showed no signs of faulting or surface distress 11 years after placement.

The roller-compacted concrete (RCC) pavement surface has a tight matte and good finish, mainly due to the mix design and compaction provided by high-density Volvo (ABG) paving machines.

Over time, some raveling has occurred at construction joints, which have been sealed with hot pour sealant.

Ron Perry, public works director for the City of Alliance, Neb., meets with contractors Terry and Jim Peltz, president and vice president of Peltz Companies Inc., at Big Horn Avenue on the 20th anniversary of the roller-compacted concrete (RCC) project’s completion.

Terry Peltz, president of Peltz Companies Inc., inspects the roller-compacted concrete (RCC) road his company paved 20 years ago.

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