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First concrete pavement in the United States

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The first concrete pavement in the United States was built in Bellefontaine, Ohio, in 1892. This pavement, which was built on a courthouse square, was especially designed for horse-drawn vehicles, even to the surface texture which consisted of a grid-like pattern intended to assure a safe footing for the many horses expected to use this pavement. Parts of this pavement are still in service.[1]


  1. Ray, Gordon K., "History and Development of Concrete Pavement Design, Journal of the Highway Division, ASCE, Vol. 90, No. HWl, Proc. Paper 3769, January, 1964, pp. 79-101.