Evaluation of Cleaning Equipment to Restore Surface Infiltration Rates of Permeable Interlocking Concrete Pavements
Date & Time
Wednesday, September 28, 2022, 1:30 PM - 2:00 PM
Bryan Horr, P.E.

All stormwater control measures require maintenance, especially those that serve a dual purpose as pavement. This includes permeable interlocking concrete pavement (PICP) which allows stormwater to infiltrate directly through aggregate-filled joints and into an open-graded aggregate base. While millions of square feet of the PICP have been installed in driveways, alleys, and streets since the early 2000s, lack of maintenance has led to clogged surfaces and reduced infiltration. Cost-effective equipment for permeability restoration is available. Past research evaluating various types of cleaning equipment has been conducted and this paper provides additional, scientifically based proof of effectiveness using available cleaning equipment. The paper also demonstrates cleaning methods explicitly tailored for PICP that may increase maintenance intervals and thereby reduce overall maintenance costs. To compare cleaning methods and equipment, the University of Toronto constructed a PICP test pad in 2017 at the Toronto and Regional Conservations Authority’s (TRCA) Kortright Centre for Conservation in Vaughan, Ontario. The test pad included seven 10 by 10-foot PICP cells constructed with generic permeable concrete pavers arranged in a herringbone pattern over an open-graded aggregate base. A perforated pipe drained the PICP cells. The test cells were systematically clogged during the summer of 2017 through a controlled, accelerated clogging procedure developed by the researchers. Surface infiltration rates were measured using the ASTM C1781 test method. Restorative maintenance was executed when the mean surface infiltration measurements approached 10 inches per hour, generally equivalent to a 98% overall reduction in original surface infiltration rates. The following cleaning equipment was tested on highly clogged PICP surfaces: a high-pressure air and vacuum system, regenerative air street sweeper, waterless mechanical street sweeper, vacuum street sweeping, and power washing followed by vacuuming. The results of this study demonstrate that all maintenance techniques restore surface infiltration rates but with some variability. One maintenance treatment that was very effective in restoring clogged PICP surfaces, the high-pressure air and vacuum system, will be demonstrated at this conference with measurement of pre- and post-cleaning infiltration rates. This method provides an effective and practical operation and maintenance approach to restore clogged PICP.

Location Name
National Harbor 7
Full Address
Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center
201 Waterfront St
Fort Washington, MD 20745
United States