Field Trials of BMP to Remove Dissolved Metals in Highway Runoff

The recently published National Cooperative Highway Research Program (NCHRP) Report 767: Measuring and Removing Dissolved Metals from Stormwater in Highly Urbanized Areas (NCHRP Project 25-32) developed a number of designs of facilities for the removal of dissolved metals in highway runoff in ultra-urban areas, as well as a laboratory protocol to evaluate the potential of various media to remove dissolved metals. That research did not include a field testing component to evaluate either the functionality of the designs or validate the laboratory protocol. The objectives of this project are to achieve both of those goals, so that departments of transportation (DOTs) can implement the designs with the sure knowledge of their cost effectiveness. The purpose of the proposed field trials is to evaluate dissolved metal removal rates, assess operational functioning under actual highway conditions, and develop actual cost information, so that DOTs have reliable data to support implementation decisions. Potential tasks include (1) selection of installation location, (2) construction of the treatment facility, (3) water quality monitoring for up to a year, (4) whole-life cost assessment and, (6) final report development. Dissolved metals in highway runoff frequently exceed water quality standards; consequently, DOTs are under regulatory pressure in many areas to reduce the concentrations of these constituents. Without field testing the recommendations contained in NCHRP Report 767, the money and effort that went into that project will be largely lost. Consequently, the proposed work is a necessary follow up to that previous work. Note: The American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) Standing Committee on Research suggests that the emphasis of this research be placed on deployment.


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  • Status: Proposed
  • Funding: $400000.00
  • Contract Numbers:


  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Federal Highway Administration

    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  United States  20590

    American Association of State Highway & Transportation Officials (AASHTO)

    444 North Capitol Street, NW, Suite 225
    Washington, DC  United States  20001

    National Cooperative Highway Research Program

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

    Sundstrom, Lori

  • Start Date: 20150805
  • Expected Completion Date: 0
  • Actual Completion Date: 0
  • Source Data: RiP Project 40231

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01572338
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Transportation Research Board
  • Contract Numbers: 25-54
  • Files: TRB, RiP
  • Created Date: Aug 6 2015 1:00AM