Congressman David Price Impressed by Demonstration of Permeable Pavement

U.S. Representative David Price (D-NC) participated in a demonstration of how permeable interlocking concrete pavement (PICP) can help mitigate stormwater and reduce flooding.

“PICP has shown significant runoff and pollutant reduction for walkways, plazas, driveways, parking lots, alleys, and streets throughout the U.S.,” said Matt Lynch, ICPI Chair. “We are pleased that Congressman Price is examining how PICP can help achieve national policy imperatives.”

Sixty members of the Interlocking Concrete Pavement Institute, local design professionals and government officials, including U.S. Representative David Price (D-NC), participated in a demonstration of how permeable interlocking concrete pavement (PICP) can help mitigate stormwater and reduce flooding.

Congressman Price is a member of the House Appropriations Committee and the Ranking Member of the Transportation, Housing and Urban Development Appropriations Committee. The demonstration, which took place at The Greens at Centennial Campus at North Carolina State University, was led by Fred Adams, Fred Adams Paving, and Dr. Bill Hunt, William Neal Reynolds Distinguished University Professor and Extension Specialist North Carolina State University’s Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering.

PICP is a durable, cost-effective solution for compliance with national, state/provincial and municipal stormwater regulations. The surface consists of solid, durable concrete pavers with small, stone-filled joints that allow water to flow into highly permeable, open-graded bedding, base, and subbase aggregates. The spaces among the aggregates store water and enable infiltration into the soil subgrade rather than generating surface runoff. PICP is an excellent option for freeze thaw climates.

“For people in our state, particularly in this part of the state where we have been growing so much, the words permeable and impermeable have been in our vocabulary for quite some time,” said Congressman Price. “We think of them every storm, particularly in my case when I look out my door and see the creek swelling and know that it has to do with the impermeable pavement upstream and the way development has proceeded for many, many years.

“There is a…

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