Asphalt Paving Blog

Pervious Pavement - A Small Choice that can make a Big Difference!

Posted by Monica Madsen on Jan 28, 2013

With each year, smart business owners look for ways to maximize their return on their investment.  One thing to consider is getting a “green” reputation (and getting ahead of environmental regulations).  And one way to decrease a negative environmental impact is to use pervious pavements for your parking lots and thoroughfares.

What are pervious pavements?

It can be somewhat difficult outside the industry to understand the differences between pervious, porous, and permeable pavement and asphalts.  The terms are often used interchangeably.  This is because the ultimate goals achieved are similar – water, instead of simply running off, can percolate through.  Allowing it to do so helps decrease flooding, better manage storm water because less of it has to rush into gutters and sewers, helps keep water tables filled, and even helps the environment by removing toxic substances via the percolation process.  While they all accomplish the same goals, there are some differences between them.

Pervious pavement is generally considered the umbrella term for all the types of paving that accomplish these goals.  Within that, you have porous or permeable pavements, such as porous asphalt pavement, which allow the water to percolate through the entire surface area.  You also have permeable pavers, which are really impermeable except that they allow water to percolate through wherever they’re joined to one another.  So, in this case, the paving stone itself is not porous, but using paving stones still allows water to percolate through a lot more than non-pervious pavements because of how many paving stones are used and thus how many joins there are throughout the surface.  Paving stones are often more decorative and more expensive.  However, regardless of which type of pervious pavement is used, the benefits to the environment are similar.

Permeable Pavement to be used in Milwaukee County Roads

Posted by J. Mrugacz on Jan 18, 2013

The Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District (MMSD) is continuing its work on keeping Milwaukee “green.” In July 2012, an article in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel revealed that MMSD began required rooftop plants and the installation of other “green infrastructures” to help collect and absorb storm water. MMSD announced in a recent article that permeable pavement will be used along portions of three Milwaukee county roads.

One goal of this work is to improve the water quality in nearby wetlands and along rivers. “Reducing the volume of soil and sand eroding from the shoulder and capturing storm water laden with pollutants washed off the pavement will improve water quality.”

Think Green with Asphalt Pavement

Posted by J. Mrugacz on May 25, 2012

Asphalt might not be the first thing you think of as something that can be environmentally friendly. But asphalt is just that. 

A Brief History and Types of Asphalt Pavement

Posted by Greg Elwell on Sep 8, 2011

Asphalt pavement traces its history back to prehistoric times. Its earliest confirmed usage as a road material is dated at 625 BC, when the Babylonians used it to pave the route leading from King Naboppolassar's opulent palace to city's northern wall. It was also used by the ancient Greeks and Romans for various construction and engineering applications, and was revived in Europe in the 18th century, when a rapidly modernizing world was in need of infrastructure improvements.

Parking Lot Maintenance For Porous Asphalt Pavement

Posted by J. Mrugacz on May 27, 2011

The main goal of maintaining porous asphalt pavement, which is commonly used in parking lots, is to prevent the surface of the pavement and the underlying infiltration bed from being clogged with fine sediments. With proper routine maintenance, the porous asphalt can last effectively for 20+ years.