Liberty Green has become a showcase of late for great paving techniques that dually make Louisville more beautiful and more sustainable. Crews have been working on Clay Street between Jefferson and Muhammad Ali to lay pavers in the development that replaced the Clarksdale Homes and the end result should be a model for the rest of the city.
The two block segment of Clay already features a wide park-like median that slows traffic and provides some green space for the neighborhood. Now, the stretch is also paved in pervious synthetic bricks. Besides offering a rich visual texture to the streetscape, these pavers feature a clipped corner that allows rainwater the chance to slowly seep into the ground instead of rushing to the city’s overburdened sewer system.
Workers have been placing the bricks by hand and filling the gaps with a fine gravel to create a smooth finished surface. The same system has been used in the parking lane in other parts of Liberty Green, but here the entire street gets the treatment. A similar system is planned for the parking area of the nearby LEED-registered Liberty Green Community Center.