Guidelines for Permeable Pavement Systems

Wednesday, December 16, 2015, 2:00–3:00 pm

About the Event

Permeable pavements have the ability to reduce runoff volume and improve water quality. The permeable pavement system, however, includes many components, such as pavement, storage volume and depth, the ability of the surrounding soil to accept the increase in water volume, and maintenance requirements to keep the pavement permeable. The quality of the permeable pavement system depends highly on the design specifications and construction practices used as well as on the maintenance practices. 

This seminar highlighted a research project that summarized best practices for the hydraulic and structural design and maintenance of permeable asphalt, concrete, and interlocking concrete pavement systems in Minnesota. As part of the project, researchers contacted practitioners throughout the United States and other select countries that have experience with permeable asphalt and concrete. They also identified some of the unresolved issues related to implementing permeable pavements in Minnesota. 

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John Gulliver is a professor in the Department of Civil, Environmental, and Geo- Engineering and a resident fellow at the Institute on the Environment. His research interests are in the areas of environmental fluid mechanics, chemical transport and fate in environmental systems, and flow and mass transport at hydraulic structures.