MIT Research Calls for Stiffer Roadways

The latest news coming from the MIT Concrete Sustainability Hub regards the energy savings possible from optimal roadway design.  Following recent announcements targeting improved fuel efficiency for vehicles used in the US, the news from MIT is encouraging for the cement industry.  Following modeling at MIT, a test was conducted on I-95 by Florida International University, demonstrating an improvement in fuel consumption of 3.2% for passenger vehicles and 4.5% for trucks traveling on a more rigid roadway than on a similar flexible design.  The results of the study highlight the importance of not only vehicle design, but also infrastructure design on the slated improvements in vehicle mileage standards.

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