Washington DC – The US Senate Appropriations Committee has sent a bill to the full senate that encourages further development of permeable roads across the nation.
This could have implications for the polyurethane sector, as products such as polyurethane binders can be used to create stable, flexible and porous road surfaces when combined with local aggregates.
The wording is included in the report accompanying the Senate version of the Transportation and Housing and Urban Development (THUD) Bill. It says: “The committee encourages the secretary to accelerate research, demonstration and deployment for permeable pavements to achieve flood mitigation, pollutant reduction, storm water run-off reduction and conservation."
It continues: "Projects may include roadway shoulder load testing and documenting life-cycle cost efficiency.”
Its next step is consideration by the full Senate. Congress is working on its own version of the THUD bill.