San Antonio is the first city in Texas to launch pilot cool pavement mitigating heat

The pilot project will happen in the Dignowity Hill neighborhood east of downtown.

SAN ANTONIO — The Alamo City will likely be the first city in Texas to take part in a pilot project that may try to cool down pavement temperatures.

The City of San Antonio posted on their website that Public Works is “leading the way to make our streets cooler, healthier, and more sustainable” in alignment with the heat mitigation methods in the SA Climate Ready, Climate Action & Adaptation Plan.

The pilot project will happen in the Dignowity Hill neighborhood east of downtown.

“PWD pavement rehabilitation crews began applying a cool pavement seal coat, donated by GuardTop, at the east end of the Hays Street Bridge, west of Mesquite Street. San Antonio joins Los Angeles and Phoenix in utilizing this type of material,” the City says.

They mentioned in collaboration with UTSA, the evaluation will decide floor temperature decreases and help in guiding future installations of cool pavement.

“We’re not waiting for climate change to exacerbate the heat in San Antonio, we’re planning and acting now” mentioned Chief Sustainability Officer Doug Melnick. “Cool pavement is one of the proven tools that we can use to provide relief to the hottest neighborhoods in the City.”

Another large purpose for the pilot project is larger nighttime temperatures lead to extra power consumption, extra greenhouse fuel emissions, air air pollution and different dangerous results.

So, how will it work?

They mentioned cool pavement is a water-based asphalt remedy that is utilized on high of the present asphalt pavement to replicate the solar’s rays whereas defending and preserving asphalt pavements. 

“It is part of an overall approach to achieve neighborhood-level cooling by concentrating multiple investments, which also includes planting shade trees, expanding vegetated parkways, and installing shade structures in the hottest areas of the San Antonio,” the City says.

Read extra about the project here.

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