Infrastructure maintenance is one of the greatest tax burdens for local communities. Roads constantly need repaving, bridges need inspections and sidewalks need special care to ensure public safety. Without cable concrete mats, infrastructure is especially susceptible to weather related erosion.
When it comes to erosion, most people think of extremely harsh weather—blizzards (and damaging plow trucks), hail storms, even tornadoes and hurricanes. While extreme weather-related events cause immediate and severe damage, moderate weather also takes its toll on infrastructure, especially concrete. Rain, wind, moderate snow and even sunshine slowly erode concrete. This is especially true if concrete does not have proper drainage or adequate vegetation surrounding it to help soak up sunshine and liquid. This results in concrete prematurely eroding, and more money spent by taxpayers to help fix it.
One way to relieve the tax burden of infrastructure maintenance is to help control roadside runoff. By promoting proper drainage, years of life can be added to existing concrete. There are many ways of going about doing this. The most popular method deals with gradation of concrete to promote runoff. The downside of this is that erosion can eventually level out the concrete, reducing its ability to properly drain. It also is less reliable because the concrete is still an overall flat surface, meaning all of it is subject to slow erosion. To get around this problem, the best solution to control roadside runoff is installing cable concrete mats.
Better than traditional poured concrete
Cable concrete mats are blocks of high-strength concrete separated from one another, and holding it all together is large stainless steel cables. These mats conform to existing ground contours and can be used in a variety of ways to help support infrastructure drainage.
For several reasons they work much better than typical concrete pouring. By forming separated blocks, there are gaps between sections of concrete. This allows immediate draining of rain, and reduces the overall level of applied snow. Another benefit is allowing vegetation to grow between the concrete sections. This also helps with draining, in addition to capturing the beating sun. Finally, this also allows more fluctuation in the concrete. Expanding and contracting concrete results in cracks and weak points. By separating the blocks and connecting them with stainless steel cables, the concrete has more room to expand and contract without applying tension to the concrete itself.
As a result of these great benefits, concrete sections are able to last much longer than usual. Once laid into place, a cable concrete mat can last for many years more than typical poured concrete. Especially when used throughout an area, this approach, over time, will save local government and taxpayers considerable money on maintenance. It also allows infrastructure costs and efforts to get redirected toward more important issues that otherwise get ignored.
Before your local government keeps throwing money at outdated methods, consider raising the point about trying something new. If you want to save infrastructure costs in your community by utilizing state-of-the-art methods, then consider cable concrete mats to reduce concrete erosion.