The City of Lansing, Michigan, wanted something a little more stately than concrete or asphalt for the street that leads up to the state capitol building. To recreate the look of brick, engineers recommended using interlocking concrete pavers. The Michigan Avenue project became the first major use of concrete pavers ever federally funded. While most rainwater that falls on the street runs off to edge drains, some water seeps through the small gaps between pavers and into the subgrade. To remove this water, the engineers created a special--first of its kind--subgrade drainage system.