Porous Asphalt Lots Solving Problems in Pennsylvania and Iowa

This article describes how porous asphalt was used to solve a variety of problems for two parking lots—one in Des Moines, Iowa and another in Gladwyne, Pennsylvania. The author describes an assisted care facility in Des Moines in need of more parking. By using porous asphalt, the contractor was able to eliminate the need for detention bases, thereby providing more room. Although there was some fear the pores in the pavement would become clogged, that problem has been eliminated by using liquid de-icing chemicals on the lot, and vacuuming it yearly to remove sand that is dragged onto it from adjoining streets. Drainage was a bigger problem at the Riverbed Environmental Center in Pennsylvania. Located at the bottom of a hill and adjacent to a stream, water and mud flowed down into the stream and also hindered pedestrians. The author describes how the use of porous asphalt eliminated the problem.

  • Authors:
    • MacDonald, Chuck
  • Publication Date: 2008-5


  • English

Media Info

  • Media Type: Print
  • Features: Figures; Photos;
  • Pagination: pp 36-37
  • Serial:

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01100514
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: UC Berkeley Transportation Library
  • Files: BTRIS, TRIS
  • Created Date: May 2 2008 1:47PM