CHARACTER AND SIGNIFICANCE OF HIGHWAY RUNOFF WATERS, A PRELIMINARY APPRAISAL

ALTHOUGH A LARGE AMOUNT OF INFORMATION IS PRESENT IN THE LITERATURE CONCERNING URBAN RUNOFF, THERE IS VERY LITTLE STRICTLY RELATED TO HIGHWAYS AND THEIR RIGHTS- OF-WAY. HIGHWAY RUNOFF IS SIMILAR TO URBAN AREA RUNOFF BUT MAY BE HIGHER IN HEAVY METALS AND OIL. A SIGNIFICANT FRACTION OF THE HEAVY METALS, OIL AND NUTRIENTS ARE ADSORBED TO THE DUST AND DIRT FRACTIONS AND THEN MAY BE REMOVED BY SEDIMENTATION. RUNOFF FROM THE LAKE BRIDGES SHOULD HAVE A VERY INSIGNIFICANT EFFECT ON LAKE WASHINGTON IN COMPARISON WITH THE URBAN RUNOFF TO THE LAKE. RECOMMENDATIONS ARE MADE FOR MITIGATING RUNOFF EFFECTS AND FOR CONDUCTING AN INTENSIVE STUDY OF HIGHWAY RUNOFF WATER QUALITY AND ITS SIGNIFICANCE.

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  • Corporate Authors:

    University of Washington, Seattle

    Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, P.O. Box 352700
    Seattle, WA  United States  98195-2700

    Washington State Department of Highways

    Olympia, WA  United States 
  • Authors:
    • Sylvester, R O
    • Dewalle, F B
  • Publication Date: 1972-12

Media Info

  • Pagination: 97 p.
  • Serial:
    • Issue Number: 7.1

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00204498
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS, STATEDOT
  • Created Date: May 29 1973 12:00AM