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Does the use of concrete road enhance fuel saving when compared with bituminous road?

Concrete road belongs to rigid pavement and they do not deflect under traffic loads. On the contrary, bituminous pavement deflects when subjected to vehicular load.

As such, for concrete road no extra effort is paid on getting out of deflected ruts which is commonly encountered for bituminous pavement. Hence, vehicles using concrete road use less energy and there is about 15-20% less fuel consumed when using concrete road when compared with bituminous road.


This question is taken from book named – A Self Learning Manual – Mastering Different Fields of Civil Engineering Works (VC-Q-A-Method) by Vincent T. H. CHU.

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