Concrete Overlays

Concrete overlays offer cost-effective, versatile, and long-term solutions for almost any combination of pavement type and condition. They are a sustainable construction practice as well. Many concrete overlays have been in service for decades, extending the life of the original pavement structure for 30 years or more.

Benefits of concrete overlays include:
  • A wide range of overlay thicknesses can be used.
  • Existing pavement does not need to be removed and can provide additional structural and load-carrying capacity.
  • Concrete overlay projects can be completed as quickly and efficiently as any other paving method.
  • They typically last longer than asphalt of the same thickness.
  • They are recyclable.

More resources:

Bonded Concrete Overlays of Asphalt Mechanistic-Empirical (BCOA-ME) design procedure

Concrete Overlays – TERRA Fact Sheet

Concrete Overlays – A Proven Option

Concrete Overlay- Spirit of St Louis Airport (courtesy of Associated Construction Publications)

Design of Concrete Overlays Using Existing Methodologies

Guide to Concrete Overlays – Third Edition May 2014

Guide to Concrete Overlays of Asphalt Parking Lots

Iowa Tour:  Report of Selected Concrete Overlays: Iowa / Minnesota Highways  (Nov. 2014)

Whitetopping Concrete Overlays: A cost-effective alternative to asphalt

National Concrete Overlay Explorer  Use this database to view construction and performance details from more than 275 concrete overlay projects around the country.


Concrete overlay prices are averaging about $3 per SY per inch of thickness.  Contact CPAM for current price information.