Construction and Maintenance Assessment of Pervious Concrete Pavements

The information in this report focused on the construction and maintenance activities for Portland cement pervious concrete as used in selected sites in Florida, Georgia, and South Carolina. Construction specifications were suggested for Portland cement pervious concrete pavement in regional conditions typical to the States of Florida, Georgia, and South Carolina based on current construction practices and updated as a result of this research. Contractor certification is necessary. A total of 30 pervious concrete cores were extracted from actual operating pervious concrete sites and evaluated for infiltration rates before and after various rehabilitation techniques. The pervious concrete field sites investigated ranged in service life from 6 to 20 years and exhibited regionally similar structural integrity, infiltration rates, pavement cross sections and subsurface soils. The infiltration rates were performed at the same pressure head for comparative purposes. The techniques were pressure washing, vacuum sweeping and a combination of the two methods. For cores from pavements properly installed, it was found that the three methods of maintenance typically resulted in a 200% or greater increase over the original infiltration rates of the pervious concrete cores. However, it was noted that pressure washing may dislodge pollutants that can not be captured before entering receiving waters, thus in these situations, vacuum sweeping may be the preferred method.


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  • Media Type: Print
  • Edition: Final Report
  • Features: Appendices; Figures; Photos; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 164p

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  • Accession Number: 01076687
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Created Date: Sep 10 2007 1:19PM