The Real-World Advantages and Disadvantages of Permeable Pavement as Roadways

By Harold Boudreau III, Michael Taylor, Tsang Yu Huang, Samuel Tatel and Fazil Najafi.

Published by The Social Sciences Collection

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Porous asphalt has been used very successfully in Europe for over fifty years, but has not yet become a prevent transportation material here in the United States mainly because of limited contractor knowledge and initial failures of roadway applications. Porous asphalt is slowly growing to become a sustainable technology that can be used here in the United States to reclaim water resources, reduce pollution, and reduce construction costs for urbanized roads and many parking lots. This paper compiles various theoretical advantages and disadvantages of porous asphalts with real world case studies of its uses here in the United States. The choice of using porous pavement technology for a site may depend heavily on pre-existing site conditions and the availability of design and material resources. The future of porous pavement will be determined by trial and error experimentation and evaluation in the paving field. The long-term effects of the weather on the durability of the roads and the effects of porous pavement chemicals on the environment under harsh conditions are still questionable, but are far outweighed by the long term potential benefits that porous pavements holds environmentally and economically for people willing to invest the time and initial construction cost. From the many United States case studies this paper concludes that the additional capital and maintenance costs of porous pavements are compensated by environmental, noise, and safety advantages in the urban environment, but are not usually economically feasible in rural applications.

Keywords: Permeable, Porous, Pavement, Asphalt, Infiltration, Cost Benefits, Safety, Noise, Pollution Reduction, Environmentally Desirable, Sustainable

International Journal of Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, Volume 4, Issue 1, pp.341-354. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 2.161MB).

Harold Boudreau III

Senior, Civil and Coastal Engineering, University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida, USA

Harold Boudreau is a senior of Civil and Coastal Engineering at the University of Florida. He has worked at Jones Edmunds for over five years in the departments of water and waste water treatment, transportation, and solid waste engineering. His goal is to work Jones Edmunds and Associates as a project engineer dealing with all aspects of civil and environmental engineering.

Michael Taylor

University of Florida, Florida, USA

Michael Taylor is a recent graduate of Civil and Coastal Engineering at the University of Florida.

Tsang Yu Huang

University of Florida, Florida, USA

Samuel Tatel

University of Florida, Florida, USA

Dr. Fazil Najafi

Professor, Civil and Coastal Engineering, University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida, USA

Dr. Najafi is a professor of Civil and Coastal Engineering at the University of Florida. He earned his BSCE from the American College of Engineering, Kabul, Afghanistan, and his BSAE, MS, and PhD degrees in Civil Engineering from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. He has worked for 35 years in government, industry, and education. Besides teaching during the last 14 years, Dr. Najafi has conducted research, has been a participating member of several professional societies including ASEE, has published numerous refereed and non-refereed articles, and has presented many technical papers to international, national and local organizations.


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