Permeable Pavement Performance over 3 Years of Monitoring

A 200 m2 permeable pavement test site was installed along Birkdale Road on Auckland's North Shore. Data from the permeable pavement section and an adjacent conventional asphalt section were collected concurrently in 2006 and 2008. Despite installation on an atypical high slope (6.5–6.8%), relatively impermeable subsoils, and active roadway, overall system performance was exceptional. For the 81 complete storms monitored for hydrology, peak flow, runoff timing and volume compared well to predevelopment conditions. A catchment designed on an LID (low impact development) basis of controlling frequently occurring events would be well served using permeable pavement. Additional hydrologic control may be needed for design storms greater than 5-yr ARI. Water quality characterization for 4–17 storms (depending on pollutant type) was comparable to or better than typical end-of-pipe devices for TSS, PSD, total and recoverable Cu and Zn, and dissolved Cu and Zn. The permeable pavement discharge water quality had consistent event mean concentrations which were statistically lower than the conventional asphalt. Pollutant removal efficiencies are presented. A properly designed permeable pavement section would likely provide adequate treatment for an expanded source area. Permeable pavements should be given strong consideration as an LID at-source control.


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Media Info

  • Media Type: Digital/other
  • Features: Figures; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: pp 152-165
  • Monograph Title: Low Impact Development 2010: Redefining Water in the City

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01533088
  • Record Type: Publication
  • ISBN: 9780784410998
  • Files: TRIS, ASCE
  • Created Date: Jun 24 2014 3:01PM