Mexico: LafargeHolcim paving solution smooths traffic on the Obregon-Navojoa Highway

7 July 2012

Traffic now rolls along smoothly on a 20-kilometer stretch of highway in northeast Mexico, thanks to a modernization project that replaced the asphalt road with concrete. For the renovation, LafargeHolcim designed its first integrated paving solution, complete with a 2-year guarantee to fix defects on this route that connects the U.S. and Mexico.


Hoping to increase capacity, improve safety and decrease vehicle operating costs along an aging roadway, the Mexican federal highway agency launched a project in 2010 to modernize the Obregon-Navojoa Highway. Part of Route 15, it is a major thoroughfare for goods and passengers moving between the United States and Mexico.

To accomplish its objectives, the agency sought out an experienced and reliable partner, one that could ensure compliance with standards and complete the project rapidly to keep costs down. Its solution: LafargeHolcim.

LafargeHolcim offers an integrated concrete solutions and the expertise of a multidisciplinary team

Working together with the family-owned Compañía Constructora MAS and Ingenieros Civiles Asociados, LafargeHolcim designed its integrated paving solution for a 20-kilometer stretch of the renovation project. Its multidisciplinary teams developed a strong dialogue with the Mexican highway agency through a turnkey contract.

In addition to supplying 126,000 m3 of concrete pavement and 20,500 mfor structures, LafargeHolcim completed the following:

  • Demolition the existing asphalt road
  • Transport of concrete by dump truck and mixing truck
  • Installation and on-site operation of central mixing plants to prepare the pavement
  • Subcontracting to our trusted partner Pavindusa to pour and place the pavement
  • Cement supply for base stabilization.

Completed in 2012, the new highway offers wider lanes in both traffic directions, enabling goods and passengers to reach their destinations safely and swiftly. And to keep things running smoothly, LafargeHolcim guaranteed the surface for a period of two years, fixing any defects related to the renovation. That’s going the extra mile!