Cemex is supplying 150 000 t of cement to a huge highway project in Costa Rica. The cement will be provided by the Colorado de Abangares plant and will be custom-produced to have higher resistance. It is fortified with pozzolana, which reduces the heat island effect and helps to avoid cracking by contraction.
The project in question is the construction and expansion of a four-lane, 50 km stretch of highway connecting Cañas to Liberia in the Guanacaste province, a popular area for tourism. The project, which includes 18 bridges, is expected to have a big impact on regional and national development.
Cement or concrete pavements, compared to those built with asphalt, offer many benefits including greater durability, reduced life cycle costs, reduced temperature, and increased road safety. Due to its rigidity, concrete paving offers significantly less resistance for a vehicle's wheels to roll. Consequently, concrete paving requires lower fuel consumption for vehicles traveling faster than 30 km/h, compared to a flexible pavement such as asphalt.
“We are very proud to be able to collaborate in projects that seek to have a significant impact on the growth and prosperity of Costa Rica,” said Roberto Pongutá, Cemex Country Manager in Costa Rica. “By providing innovative world-class building solutions, we truly hope to help build a better future for the people of Costa Rica.”
Adapted from press release by Katherine Gu
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