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Design and Construction of a Pervious Concrete Pavement


The Ontario Ministry of Transportation (MTO) designed and constructed its first pervious concrete pavement in 2007. The pervious concrete pavement serves as a commuter parking lot located adjacent to Highway 401 near Milton, Ontario, approximately 50 km west of Toronto. The final design consisted of 240 mm of pervious concrete over 100 mm of open graded clear stone, over 200 mm of granular base material, over select subgrade material, over silty sand subgrade. Pervious concrete pavements provide many environmental benefits and are deemed a stormwater management best practice. These benefits may be offset by concerns with winter durability and the potential for clogging, especially with traditional winter maintenance. However, MTO is committed to exploring sustainable alternatives where possible and it is hoped that the lessons learned from this project can be applied to addressing durability concerns on future projects. The Contractor elected to use a Bid-Well bridge deck finishing machine for placing the majority of the pervious concrete pavement. A Razorback screed (i.e. air driven steel truss) was used to construct the last section of the pavement. This submission presents the design considerations and summarizes the construction observations and lessons learned. A description of proposed water quality monitoring is also presented. 

Conference Paper Details

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Chris Raymond
Becca Lane
Maria Bianchin
Stephen Senior
Melissa Titherington
Environmental issues, Environmental legislation