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Test permeable pavement and concrete

In accordance with legislation passed by the City Council as part of Local Law 80 of 2013, DOT will test the effectiveness of permeable asphalt pavement and permeable concrete sidewalks. These surfaces allow the ground below the pavement or sidewalk to absorb a portion of storm water, reducing runoff into the sewer system. DOT will monitor the impact of these surfaces, determine maintenance needs, and consider a broader application of these materials.     

Strategic Plan 2016 Initiative


Related OneNYC Initiative


Short-Term Milestones (by end of 2017)


Update Description

DOT will install permeable asphalt and permeable concrete at six test locations and monitor for effectiveness.

In Progress

In 2018, DOT will construct at least three sidewalks using porous/permeable pavements. DOT is also supporting DEP in their project to reconstruct three roadways using porous/permeable pavement. This project will help DEP meet the City's stormwater capture goals and comply with Local Law 80 of 2013. 

Medium-Term Milestones (by end of 2021)


Update Description

DOT will report on the findings of the testing and if successful, expand the use of permeable asphalt and concrete.