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CEMEX Mexico help restore US trade route

Company supplies hydraulic concrete for restoration of key highway between Mexico and the US

CEMEX Mexico have recently contributed to the restoration of the Monterrey-Nuevo Laredo highway, the main import-export route between Mexico and the US.

Located in north-east Mexico, the highway connects Mexico with the state of Texas, and with 52% of Mexico’s imports and exports moving along it, it is one of the main trade routes across the border.

With more than 15,000 truckloads flowing across the highway daily, its repair required extremely resistant and durable construction materials to guarantee road safety. To this end, CEMEX Mexico supplied 98,000 cubic meters of hydraulic concrete to restore a 9.75-mile (15.6km) stretch of the route.

CEMEX say their hydraulic concrete will allow vehicles to travel more safely on the highway because it provides a flat, high stiffness-bearing surface that lasts the entire service life of the product.

The concrete not only maintains stiffness over time, but also supports higher volumes of traffic and loads. Moreover, concrete paving features long durability and requires minimum maintenance.

CEMEX Mexico solved the challenge of paving the road without stopping traffic by utilizing different work shifts to minimize the potential effect on the crowded highway, while simultaneously guaranteeing correct placement of the hydraulic concrete.

The project, which demanded the transportation of more than 30,000 tons of cement over winding sections of highway, directly employed more than 100 people.

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