Mid-South Concrete Path Paving, of Kingston Springs, Tenn. has paved 40,000 cubic yards of concrete golf cart paths in 1993. According to Bob Banka, president of Mid-South, the demand is growing. The company has already contracted for more than 35,000 cubic yards this year, and he expects the year-end total to be in the 50,000- to 55,000-cubic-yard range. In addition, he estimates the nationwide market to be 750,000 to 1 million cubic yards per year for the next 10 years.
A unique narrow-width slipform paver is vital to the operation. The paver attaches to the rear of a ready mix truck and is pulled behind the truck, while concrete is dumped directly into the paver's hopper. Concrete flows from the hopper through and out the back of the paver's integral screed.
In warmer locations, Mid-South uses 3500-psi concrete but generally suggests 4000 psi in areas where concrete is susceptible to freeze-thaw damage. Joint spacing is determined by the path width. Mid-South uses a joint spacing in direct proportion to the path width.
The cost for a new concrete path ranges from $0.65 to $0.90 per square foot. Mid-South can typically install 2,000 lineal feet of path per day.