Whether you work in government and city planning at the state or county level, you know that you are constantly working towards solidly-built and functional roads. Yet, you also would like your roads, or at least your overpasses, to be somewhat attractive. Commercial concrete contractors can offer you a few options.
Visit some of the larger metropolitan areas, and you will see overpasses that have impressive height. The pylons on which these overpasses are constructed are very tall and very thick, and many have on/off ramps that start low and carry motorists way up high and over the roads underneath them. They look very futuristic, something that might appeal to you if you want your county or state to have a very forward-looking appearance to match your drive towards a forward-thinking state.
Stamped and Acid-Stained Concrete on the Outer Walls of the Overpass
For beautification purposes, some counties and states are turning to commercial concrete contractors that utilize stamped, acid-stained and pre-fabricated or pre-poured slabs. These decorative touches are added to the outer walls of the overpasses so that all of the vehicles passing underneath can see lovely and intricate designs and not just the boring, old gray concrete walls found on most overpasses. Custom slabs are very popular because they allow the county or state to decide and/or design absolutely anything they want on the sides of the slabs, from quotes of famous people to state symbols.
Gardens Where They Usually Are Not
Additionally, overpass walls are made thicker in order to install plant and flower boxes. This puts gardens, flowers and greenery where, typically, none are found. If you choose this overpass beautification method, be aware that only small flowering plants can be used so that nothing blocks highway signs or drops leaves and seed pods on the cars below. Geraniums and chrysanthemums add plenty of color to the gray overpass without creating a lot of debris out of season. Choosing the "overpass garden" method also means that there is more greenery to clean and purify the air, which is especially helpful in cities that have a lot of air pollution, but it also means lots more concrete to create pylons that can support the overpass gardens.
Meeting with a Commercial Concrete Contractor, an Architect and a Traffic Engineer
An architect will help design the structures you are looking for in your new overpasses and help calculate the load bearings needed to support your choice of overpass beautification and installation. The traffic engineer assists the architect with the flow of traffic and designing the ways in which the roads flow into each other and intersect. After you have met with both of these professionals, then present your plans to the commercial concrete contractors who will cast their bids for the work and select the one who is willing to do the job exactly as you want it.