The Developments in Concrete Pavements oral history project comprises almost 16 hours of interviews, recorded on digital audio tape with road engineers, builders and designers, Transport for NSW (TfNSW) staff, the Oxenford brothers from Grafton and a cement hand.
It traces the historical development of concrete pavements through reference to a number of significant projects. Early projects included King Street (1880), Parramatta Road (late 1920s), Marulan (1929) and Ulmarra (1939).
The use and development of concrete pavements continued through the latter half of the twentieth century with landmark projects such as the Warringah Expressway (late 1960s), Lower Yarra Crossing (early 1970s), Clybucca (1975), Foreshore Road at Botany (1978/79) and a number of improvements along the Hume Highway (1980s and 1990s).
The opinions expressed in the oral history interview tapes are those of the individuals concerned and do not necessarily represent in whole or in part the position of TfNSW.
Developments in Concrete Pavements whole sound file (MP3)
Developments in Concrete Pavements - whole sound file (MP3, 31.83 MB)
Developments in Concrete Pavements individual sound files (MP3)
Individual sound files - MP3
Part 1: The history of concrete (MP3, 1.93 MB)
Part 2: NSW Main Roads Board; the DMR; the 1940s (MP3, 2.29 MB)
Part 3: The Ulmarra pavement (MP3, 3.08 MB)
Part 4: Warringah Expressway (MP3, 4.35 MB)
Part 5: The Lower Yarra Crossing Project (MP3, 1.13 MB)
Part 6: Clybucca Flat - the challenge (MP3, 3.42 MB)
Part 7: The Botany Foreshore Road project (MP3, 3.12 MB)
Part 8: The Hume Highway (MP3, 4.11 MB)
Part 9: Works at Tumblong Section 2 and beyond (MP3, 1.55 MB)
Part 10: Flexible vs rigid pavements (MP3, 1.03 MB)
Part 11: Overseas influences (MP3, 951.98 KB)
Part 12: Types of concrete pavements (MP3, 1.57 MB)
Part 13: Composition of modern concrete roads (MP3, 838.77 KB)
Part 14: Noise reduction techniques (MP3, 1.07 MB)
Part 15: The future for concrete roads (MP3, 855.55 KB)
Part 16: Quality Control and Quality Assurance (MP3, 922.7 KB)
Part 17: The Concrete Pavement (MP3, 765.2 KB)
Part 18: Challenges that lie ahead (MP3, 2.33 MB)
Developments in Concrete Pavements summary report (PDF, 18.23 MB)