Permeable Paving Could Help Prevent Icy Roads and Flooding
Paved roads and walkways were invented as an improvement to dirt roads. New paved surfaces were built to stay rigid no matter how much water or snow is dumped on them, and, of course, pavement doesn't wash away with the elements.
During a heavy thunderstorm, hurricane or snowstorm the sheer volume of run-off produced by rain or melted snow can create many problems. The high volume of water can also damage the surface itself by worsening existing weaknesses like cracks or pot holes or even cause the asphalt or concrete surface to collapse.
Permeable paving solutions have surfaces made from gravel, crushed limestone or grass, allowing any water that collects on the surface to easily drain through to the surface below. Many industrial, commercial and residential areas are now using permeable paving solutions. This new method of paving solves problems caused by traditional paving such as flooding, large puddles and ice formed when those puddles freeze.
By reducing the amount of water running off paved surfaces, erosion can be significantly reduced in the areas surrounding the paved area. Permeable pavers can be used with either gravel or grass fill to protect erosion-sensitive areas such as slopes or hills. This process involves covering the geography with a flexible, permeable surface that holds the underlying soil layer in place.
The creation of more permeable roads in our region has become necessary to prevent flooding from becoming a greater problem. Southeastern Site Developers recently has been working on replacing roadways with permeable concrete in and around the Atlanta area.