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Date 12/10/2014

Lafarge NewCem® Slag Cement and Agilia® Self-Consolidating Concrete are Helping to Build Better-Connected Cities in Virginia

Working in Sparrows Point, MD, a Lafarge North America team is helping to build the 11 reinforced concrete elements for the new 4,800-foot, two-lane Midtown Tunnelbetween the cities of Norfolk and Portsmouth.


Chicago, IL

Lafarge North America Inc.


Lafarge NewCem® slag cement and Agilia®self-consolidating concreteare playing a major role in the construction of the new Midtown Tunnel under the Elizabeth River in Hampton Roads, Virginia. When the tunnel opens in 2016, it will double traffic capacity between the cities of Norfolk and Portsmouth, helping to alleviatetraffic congestion and the resulting lost millions of dollars in time, productivity and economic development.


A Lafarge team is working at a large dry dock in Sparrows Point, Maryland, to build the 4,800-foot, two-lane tunnel's 11 reinforced concrete elements. Each element comprises five sections requiring separate concrete pours-55 in all. Two portable on-site plants are producing72,000 cubic yards of Agilia® concrete, which contains NewCem® slag cement.


Agilia® self-consolidating concrete significantly reduces construction time and cost by eliminating the need for vibration due to its fluid and stable properties. Engineered for high strength and long-term durability, NewCem® slag cement helps achieve greater strength potential and helps control shrinkage, creep and cracking in mass concrete structures.


The first six concrete tunnel elements arrived at the project site this summer, after being towed one at a time by a tug fleet 220 miles down the Chesapeake Bay from the Sparrows Point docks. The remaining five tunnel elements are scheduled to arrive at the Portsmouth Marine Terminal in spring 2015. On October 10, the Elizabeth River Tunnels Project Team put in place the first section of the new Midtown Tunnel, which will eventually serve as the westbound exit to Portsmouth.


The Midtown Tunnel project is another example of how Lafarge is helping to build better cities throughout the United States. Since the original tunnel opened in 1962, traffic along the route has increased by 600 percent. Once the new tunnel is complete, the existing one will be rehabilitated, and together they will expand capacity to two lanes of traffic in each direction.





Dawn Stefano, Marketing Communications & Branding Manager, U.S.

Ph: 703.480.3667




Lafarge North America Inc. ("Lafarge") has close to 200 industrial and distribution sites and approximately 2,600 employees in 39states in its U.S. Cement, Aggregates and Concrete businesses. Lafarge U.S. is an operating unit of Lafarge North America Inc. Lafarge is committed to contributing to Building Better Cities and being active in local environment, education and sustainable construction partnerships including the Wildlife Habitat Council, Habitat for Humanity and the National Building Museum. More information is available on the Lafarge North America website:

Lafarge S.A., together with its subsidiaries (the "Lafarge Group" or the "Group"), is the world leader in building materials and employs 64,000 people in 62 countries, and posted sales of €15.2 billion in 2013. As a top-ranking player in its Cement, Aggregates and Concrete businesses, the Group contributes to the construction of cities around the world, through its innovative solutions providing them with more housing and making them more compact, more durable, more beautiful and better connected. Lafarge North America Inc. and its subsidiaries, including Lafarge Canada Inc., are Lafarge Group companies, and together constitute the largest diversified supplier of construction materials in the United States and Canada.


With the world's leading building materials research facility, the Lafarge Group places innovation at the heart of its priorities in order to contribute to more sustainable construction and to better serve architectural creativity. More information is available on the Lafarge Group's website:

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