Photos courtesy of the Spokesman-Review.

I get an update from the City of Spokane every week on construction projects and one project has piqued my interest but I hadn’t had time to look into it. Luckily, the Spokesman-Review’s “Getting There” blog did.

The project to reconstruct Havana from Glenrose Road to 37th Avenue includes adding bike lanes. But not just any bike lanes. These are pilot project “porous asphalt” bike lanes.

The lane will be made of permeable pavement, which is rougher than standard asphalt. Its’ porosity allows stormwater to drain through, instead of running over, the asphalt surface.

That means during cold weather, water won’t stay on the surface and freeze, making the lane dangerous.

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