Project 3.15: Nonstructural approaches to reduce sediment and pollutant runoff from transportation

infrastructure in urbanized areas

Nonstructural Approaches to Reduce Sediment and Pollutant Runoff from Transportation
Infrastructure in Urbanized Areas

Project 3.15

Project Summary

Stormwater management is a critical component of transportation infrastructure and reduces sediments and pollutants delivered to waterways. The primary goal of this proposed study is to assess the performance and cost-benefit of including enhanced street cleaning program in a stormwater management plan. Conventional street cleaning programs consist of once or twice a year sweeping events. In contrast, an enhanced program incorporates road-surface and catchbasin sampling results and meteorological data to determine an optimal frequency of street cleaning events. Enhanced street cleaning performance will be quantified as the mass of pollutants listed on the Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) such as heavy metals (e.g., zinc), nutrients (e.g., phosphorous), sediments (e.g., sand), and contaminants of emerging concerns (microplastics and Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances–PFAS) that could be removed and compared to those reported on conventional street cleaning practices. Additionally, information about littering such as plastics and cigarette waste will be collected to be used in outreach and public awareness activities. Costs and benefits will be determined based on the program’s cost compared to the increased water quality credits that could be obtained and the reduction of negative impacts on water bodies downstream to the hotspot area.

Principal Investigator

Dr. Vinka Oyanedel-Craver


Dr. Joseph Goodwill


University of Rhode Island

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Office of the Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology, University Transportation Centers Program, Department of Transportation, University of Rhode Island, RIDOT

Implementation of Research Outcomes:

This project is in its initial research phase. Implementation of research outcomes will be reported upon completion of the research outputs.

Impacts and Benefits of Implementation:

This project is in its research phase. Impacts and benefits of the research will be reported after the implementation phase.

Printable Project Information Sheet

September 2021 Quarterly Progress Report

December 2021 Quarterly Progress Report

March 2022 Quarterly Progress Report

June 2022 Quarterly Progress Report

September 2022 Quarterly Progress Report