Staff at Naper Settlement recently revealed its new makeover. Executive director Peggy Frank joined local politicians in celebrating the completion of the “Roadways and Stormwater Management Project.”
Construction crews spent the summer replacing 42,000 square feet of old asphalt roadways with permeable pavers. Besides a new look, the revamped roads also clean rainwater before draining into the DuPage River. A rainy evening made for a great opportunity to see the pavers in action.
In addition, infiltration zones next to the buildings filter out water-borne pollutants and reduce the amount of runoff from rooftops. The parking lot has a new surface, which absorbs the smog from a vehicle’s exhaust.
Settlement staff say they’re excited to show these green initiatives with visitors so they can utilize some of them in their own homes.
Their entire project finished on time and within the 2.3 million dollar budget – 85 percent of which is covered by federal and state grants.
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