Concrete for roads and driveways

Concrete can be used to build roads

Concrete is becoming a more popular choice for civil engineers and road builders. Previously, asphalt was the favoured material for building roads but concrete has some unique qualities and benefits that make it a good choice. The three main benefits of using concrete to build roads and driveways are its strength, durability and sustainability.

Another major reason why concrete is becoming a popular road material is its cost-effectiveness over the long-term. Concrete roads will cost a similar price to tar roads, but they will need less maintenance and are less susceptible to potholes over a long period of time. Concrete is a good investment for roads, driveways and parking lots. 

Benefits of concrete for roads and driveways

1. Strength

On average, a road will last between 20 and 25 years before it needs to be completely resurfaced. Roads often need major repairs within the first seven years of their life. Concrete, on the other hand, is a much stronger building material. Concrete roads can last up to 50 years before needing major repairs.

This is due to the strength of concrete. These roads often outlast their initial lifespan. Concrete is designed to last long and withstand lots of wear and tear. This is important for road that need to support heavy vehicles and the friction of rubber tyres.

2. Durability

This brings us to our next point; concrete is durable enough to withstand years of punishment from daily traffic. It is a highly durable material that does not crack or crumble under the weight of vehicles. Concrete can also withstand rain and hot weather, which means fewer potholes.

Concrete has the ability to spread the weight of traffic evenly, which minimises the pressure on the internal structures of the road. Normal roads cannot do this as easily, which is why they are less durable and more susceptible to cracks and potholes. This leads to earlier repair and maintenance needs for normal roads.

3. Sustainability

Concrete is highly sustainable and 100% recyclable. Old concrete structures can be broken down into rubble, which is then reused on new building sites. Concrete is the most widely-recycled construction material. It is also environmentally-friendly, for a number of reasons.

Concrete roads have a light grey colour which is highly reflective. Unlike black road surfaces, concrete roads reflect the sun’s radiation which helps to cool the surface temperature of the road. This is better for vehicle tyres and surrounding buildings – it helps to keep cities and towns cool. Concrete is also manufactured from recyclable natural materials, such as fly ash from coal-fired power stations.

4. Affordability

Concrete is an affordable building material – that is why it is so popular. During its lifetime, a concrete road will cost the government and taxpayer less to maintain and use.

These reasons highlight why concrete is a better building material for roads and pavements. Concrete is relatively inexpensive, but it offers far more advantages over its lifetime. It is strong, durable, sustainable and affordable – ideal for any construction project, including roads.

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LafargeHolcim is a leading building materials and solutions company that has been operating in international markets for decades. We produce cement and aggregates for construction projects, ranging from small affordable housing developments to large-scale infrastructure projects such as high-rise buildings, dams and bridges. 

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LafargeHolcim Tanzania has been supplying the country and neighbouring countries with our world-class Tembo cement brand for over 30 years. Our head office and fully-integrated plant are located in Mbeya, Southwest Tanzania.

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At LafargeHolcim Tanzania, we believe customers come first. We listen to your specific requirements to supply and develop the best solutions for your needs. As the new leader in building materials, you can also rely on our cutting-edge research and development capabilities that have resulted in the finest materials for your construction projects, whether large or small.

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LafargeHolcim Tanzania: the foundation for sustainable road construction

Road construction in Taznania

LafargeHolcim Tanzania has had a strong impact on the local communities living in the country through our building materials and cement products. We work alongside communities, contractors and local governments to invest in infrastructure and improve the quality of buildings in Tanzania.

One of the current projects that we have been working on is the road upgrade from Sumbawanga to Kasanga Port via Mtai. LafargeHolcim Tanzania has been chosen as the cement supplier for this 122 kilometre stretch of road that will be completed to international standards.

Our Tembo SupaSet and FastaPlus cement products have been supplied in bulk deliveries to the contractors. Approximately 5000 tonnes of cement have been delivered on-time to keep the project running smoothly. LafargeHolcim also offers value-added services such as bulk storage containers and silos to keep the cement dry.

To date, a new layer of asphalt bitumen has already been spread over about 100km of the road. Contractors have stabilised the base of the road to upgrade its load-bearing capacity so that it can support heavy trucks and vehicles travelling to the Kasanga Port on Lake Tanganyika.

This road upgrade will lead to an improvement for the local economy as more goods can be shipped to and from the port. The surrounding communities will benefit from jobs and improved access to the area.

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LafargeHolcim is a leading building materials and solutions company that has been operating in international markets for decades. We produce cement and aggregates for construction projects, ranging from small affordable housing developments to large-scale infrastructure projects such as high-rise buildings, dams and bridges.

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LafargeHolcim Tanzania has been supplying the country and neighbouring countries with our world-class Tembo cement brand for over 30 years. Our head office and fully-integrated plant are located in the Mbeya Region in Southwest Tanzania.

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At LafargeHolcim Tanzania, we believe customers come first. We listen to your specific requirements to supply and develop the best solutions for your needs. As the new leader in building materials, you can also rely on our cutting-edge research and development capabilities that have resulted in the finest materials for your construction projects, whether large or small.

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Tembo FastaPlus used in Chunya road construction

Chunya road construction

LafargeHolcim Tanzania has been a trusted partner in the production and supply of building materials and cement for many years. Our Tembo cement products are suited to a variety of applications in the construction of buildings, bridges, dams and roads. Our Tembo FastaPlus cement has been chosen for a 72-kilometre road project from Chunya to Makongolosi, just north of Mbeya.

The project will cost just under 40 billion Tzs to upgrade the surface to bitumen standards. The existing gravel road will be resurfaced and realigned. Water drainage ditches will be dug alongside the road. The project also involves building a new bridge over the Lupa River and installing better pipe culverts with advanced erosion protection.

The road upgrade started in 2018 and LafargeHolcim Tanzania was chosen as the preferred cement supplier. An average of 300 to 400 tonnes of Tembo FastaPlus has been used in the project every month so far. However, this volume could increase to up to 600 tonnes per month as work advances on the road.

To meet these high volumes of cement required for the road resurfacing, LafargeHolcim Tanzania delivers the cement in bulk. We also offer value-added services such as storage silos and containers to keep the cement dry and up to high international standards. Our dedicated team is driven by excellent customer service and the timely delivery of our cement products.

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LafargeHolcim is a leading building materials and solutions company that has been operating in international markets for decades. We produce cement and aggregates for construction projects, ranging from small affordable housing developments to large-scale infrastructure projects such as high-rise buildings, dams and bridges.

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LafargeHolcim Tanzania has been supplying the country and neighbouring countries with our world-class Tembo cement brand for over 30 years. Our head office and fully-integrated plant are located in the Mbeya Region in Southwest Tanzania.

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At LafargeHolcim Tanzania, we believe customers come first. We listen to your specific requirements to supply and develop the best solutions for your needs. As the new leader in building materials, you can also rely on our cutting-edge research and development capabilities that have resulted in the finest materials for your construction projects, whether large or small.

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LafargeHolcim Tanzania yaijengea jamii barabara ya watembea kwa miguu

New community road built by LafargeHolcim Tanzania

LafargeHolcim Tanzania inaijali jamii inayoishi na kufanya ukulima karibu na kiwanda chake cha saruji. Tunathamini kuwekeza katika jamii ya karibu na migodi na kiwanda chetu cha saruji, na kudumisha usalama wa watu wote wanaoishi mle. Hivi majuzi, tuliwajengea wakaazi wa Mbeya barabara mpya ili kuwapa njia mbadala ya kwenda mashambani na vijiji vya jirani

Kilimo na ufugaji ni sehemu kuu ya wakazi wa Mbeya, na mifugo hutumia barabara ya migodini kwenda malishoni. Mifugo na watu walihitaji barabara salama zaidi kwa sababu magari makubwa huendeshewa kwenye barabara hii.

LafargeHolcim Tanzania ilijenga barabara ya zege kuwawezesha watu na mifugo wao kusafiri kwa namna salama, na pia kuruhusu barabara ya machomboni itumike na malori na magari makubwa ya migodi. Viongozi wa jamii walialikwa kufungua barabara hii mpya mwezi Mei 2018 ambapo wanajamii pia walihimizwa kutumia barabara hii.

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LafargeHolcim kampuni inayoongoza katika utengenezaji bidhaa na utoaji huduma za ujenzi ambayo imefanya kazi katika masoko ya kimataifa kwa miongo kadhaa. Sisi hutengeneza saruji, kusaga mawe na kuandaa zege lililochanganywa tayari kwa ajili ya miradi ya ujenzi, kuifaa miradi midogo ya nyumba za makazi na pia miradi mikubwa ya miundombinu kama vile maghorofa, mabwawa na madaraja.

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LafargeHolcim Tanzania imekuwa ikiitengenezea nchi hii na mataifa jirani bidhaa yetu ya saruji ya Tembo, ambayo ni ya kiwango cha kimataifa, kwa zaidi ya miaka 30. Ofisi yetu ya kuu na kiwanda jumuisha kikamilifu zipo Songwe, Mkoa wa Mbeya, Kusini Magharibi mwa Tanzania.

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Katika kampuni ya LafargeHolcim Tanzania, tunawapa wateja kipaumbele. Tunasikiliza mahitaji yao maalum ili kuwahudumia na kuwatolea bidhaa bora zaidi zinazokidhi mahitaji yako. Unaweza kututegemea sisi kama kiongozi mpya wa utengenezaji nyenzo za ujenzi na uwezo wetu wa utafiti na ustawi ambao umepelekea utengenezaji wa nyenzo bora zaidi za miradi yao ya ujenzi, iwe mikubwa au midogo.

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Road safety for schools around Mbeya and Songwe

Road safety for school children in Mbeya

LafargeHolcim Tanzania’s headquarters and cement plant are based in Mbeya – and it’s a vital job provider for the local community and families. During the company’s health and safety week, LafargeHolcim Tanzania undertook the task of providing the schools with the necessary safety tools and road markings to allow scholars to cross the roads safely. 

The schools received signs for stopping the traffic while students cross the road at designated pedestrian crossings. The schools were also given reflective jackets that are to be worn by the traffic directors on duty.

The traffic directors were given training on road safety and how to use the traffic poles to signal the trucks to stop. The school children were taught how to cross the road safely and are actively encouraged to use the designated crossings at the schools.

Transporters and traffic police officers also attended training sessions and are acutely aware of the safety of the scholars on the roads in the area. LafargeHolcim Tanzania will continue to work alongside local law enforcement, transporters and schools to ensure the continued safety of the community in Mbeya.

To read this article in Swahili click here.

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LafargeHolcim is a leading building materials and solutions company that has been operating in international markets for decades. We produce cement and aggregates for construction projects, ranging from small affordable housing developments to large-scale infrastructure projects such as high-rise buildings, dams and bridges.

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LafargeHolcim Tanzania has been supplying the country and neighbouring countries with our world-class Tembo brand for over 30 years. Our head office and fully-integrated plant are located in the Mbeya Region in Southwest Tanzania.

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At LafargeHolcim Tanzania, we believe customers come first. We listen to your specific requirements to supply and develop the best solutions for your needs. As the leader in building materials, you can also rely on our cutting-edge research and development capabilities that have resulted in the finest materials for your construction projects, whether large or small.

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LafargeHolcim Tanzania builds new road for community

New community road built by LafargeHolcim Tanzania

LafargeHolcim Tanzania cares about the community that lives and farms around its operations. We believe in investing in the local community and building a safe space for all who live near our operations.

A new road was constructed for the citizens that live nearby our operations, giving them a safe route to use. This concrete road was built by LafargeHolcim Tanzania as a safe passage for the people and their livestock, also freeing up the quarry road for the trucks and quarry equipment.

Local community leaders were invited to the opening of the new road in May 2018 where community members were also encouraged to make use the road as they please.

To read this article in Swahili click here.

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LafargeHolcim is a leading building materials and solutions company that has been operating in international markets for decades. We produce cement and aggregates for construction projects, ranging from small affordable housing developments to large-scale infrastructure projects such as high-rise buildings, dams and bridges.

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LafargeHolcim Tanzania has been supplying the country and neighbouring countries with our world-class Tembo brand for over 30 years. Our head office and fully-integrated plant are located in the Mbeya Region in Southwest Tanzania.

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At LafargeHolcim Tanzania, we believe customers come first. We listen to your specific requirements to supply and develop the best solutions for your needs. As the leader in building materials, you can also rely on our cutting-edge research and development capabilities that have resulted in the finest materials for your construction projects, whether large or small.

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Follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest for the best tips on construction, handy DIY projects and the latest industry news. See our Instagram channel for more insights into our work with local communities.