Guidance and Best Practices for Strategically Incorporating Pervious Pavement

Airports are unique as the suitability of the type of pavement used has to be carefully considered taking into account the loads and traffic it will support and manage. The vast majority of airport surfaces areas are covered by impervious pavement. Pavement design and constructions standards often consider the use of pervious pavement as an afterthought rather than a supplemental solution to managing stormwater and reducing the effect of heat islands. Airports are faced with the challenge of maintaining non-porous pavements since impervious pavements are also prone to damage due to frequent traffic and extreme weather conditions. Impervious pavements do not allow ground aeration, nor do they allow air circulation which has a direct impact on the energy used to heat and cool surrounding buildings year round. Various options are available to incorporate pervious pavements adjacent to pervious pavements to assist in controlling and directing stormwater runoff. These options should be researched, explored and presented to airport practitioners for consideration and implementation into construction projects requiring paved surfaces. There is a need to conduct research on this topic to present environmental impacts as well as cost benefits associated with the strategic pairing of impervious and pervious pavement. The objectives of this research are to (1) develop guidelines for incorporating pervious pavement for environmental benefits and to (2) educate airport practitioners on advantages from the use of porous pavement.


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  • Status: Proposed
  • Funding: $200000.00
  • Contract Numbers:

    Project 02-64

  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Airport Cooperative Research Program

    Transportation Research Board
    500 Fifth Street, NW
    Washington, DC    20001
  • Project Managers:

    Schatz, Theresia

  • Start Date: 20141112
  • Expected Completion Date: 0
  • Actual Completion Date: 0
  • Source Data: RiP Project 37579

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01543414
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Transportation Research Board
  • Contract Numbers: Project 02-64
  • Files: TRB, RiP
  • Created Date: Nov 14 2014 1:01AM