Concrete Pavement Manual

Title: Concrete Pavement Manual
Subtitle: Of Suggested Practices for Office and Field
Genre: Business & Industry
Publisher: Portland Cement Association, Chicago, Illinois
Year: 1942 (third edition)
Pages: 80
Format: Booklet with paperboard cover, staple-bound
Provenance: “Wm O Poindexter Jr” written in ink on cover. Also contains a “10” stamped in red on first page.
Chapter Title Examples: Gradients; Thickness; Reinforcement; Drainage; Cement Bound Macadam; Traffic Lines of Concrete; Materials; Aggregate Storage; Subgrade; Mixing Concrete; Part Width at a Time; Joints; Finishing; Curing; Maintenance.
From the Introduction: “For Those Who Build Concrete Pavements: This book treats with details of design and outlines construction methods. It brings to you in summarized, usable form the data on pavements from technical society proceedings, articles in magazines, tests and experience.”
Random Passage: “Normal traffic flow is assumed when vehicles move at an average speed of 25 m.p.h., while the fastest travel at 40 m.p.h. with sufficient space between vehicles to allow fast cars to pass slow ones. It avoids the dangers and annoyances of traffic congestion and is considered a better basis for pavement design.” (from Traffic Capacity of Pavements)
Notes: Published before the Eisenhower-era expansion of America’s highway system, Concrete Pavement Manual offers a quaint, straightforward primer on how concrete roads and sidewalks are designed and constructed. This booklet was found with a similar booklet, Design and Control of Concrete Mixtures (1934, sixth edition) also published by Portland Cement Association.


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