Permeable pavement coming to Davenport

Permeable pavement coming to Davenport

A street on the west end of the city will be paved this summer.

Davenport is paving the way to a greener future beginning with the streets.

For the first time ever the city is using an innovative, method to resurface a road.

And, anyone who sees holes in the plan, is right.

It's called permeable pavement.

And the concept, is simple.

Water, can flow right through it.

"Basically what you're doing is you're allowing the water to go through the surface into a rock chamber below and either infiltrate into the ground or go into a sub–drain a tile and go into a storm sewer later on in the system,” said Brian Stineman, Natural Resources Manager with Davenport Public Works.

Stineman is the head of the natural resource department at davenport public works.

Permeable pavement, has been his pet project for years.

Through a special grant, he finally succeeded in getting a Davenport city street to be re–paved this way.

And to say there's a big environmental benefit, barely scratches the surface.

"It reduces runoff from streets, parking lots, etc."

It also helps reduce E-coli bacteria by up to 90%.

"What it does is it allows it to infiltrate into the ground, and the biochemical, the bio–reaction in the ground actually consumes the E-coli bacteria," said Stineman.

The street where all the magic will happen later this summer is a small one.

West Dover Court between Hillandale Rd. and North Birchwood Avenue gets a lot of rainwater being at the bottom of a hill.

But Stineman believes if it works well, it could open the flood gates to a new era.

"I think now is the time, if we can get a couple down in the city to show them off, we should have success I think moving forward,” said Stineman.

But it's not just public streets like West Dover Court that will be converting to permeable pavement.

A growing number of local homeowners have already installed it on their driveways.

"Living this close to the river, one feels a higher level of responsibility about waste water,” said Ken Croken, who has a permeable pavement driveway.

Croken lives right by the Mississippi.

For just a month, he's had a permeable pavement driveway for his home.

While it does cost more than a regular concrete driveway, there is a county program that helped offset some of the burden.

And Croken said he's happy with the results.

"We've had a couple of rainy days so far and we've observed that indeed the water permeable driveway is indeed permeable,” said Croken.

No surprise to Brian Stineman, who hopes Croken's story, and the West Dover Street project, will inspire others to follow this environmentally friendly path.

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