When it Rains, it Pours Through

Porous asphalt will keep the puddles away while children walk to Milton Avenue School
It looks like an asphalt road, but it is porous enough to let the water drain, making for a dry path to school.

CHATHAM, NJ - The test came on Aug. 22 and the new pathways passed the test with flying colors, according to Chatham Borough Engineer Vincent DeNave.

Chatham recently paved two new pathways leading to Milton Avenue with a porous asphalt mixture. The material allows water to flow through and eliminates the accumulation of puddles. DeNave inspected the pathways after the heavy rain of Aug. 22 and he noted that there were no puddles. The new material will also make it easier to clear snow in the winter. Previouisly, the pathways were made of loose pebbles.

The new paved pathways that lead to Milton Avenue are from Hedges Avenue to Wilson Avenue; Hedges Avenue to Cornell and Coleman Avenue to Milton. The cost of the project was $15,000 for approximately 14,000 feet of pathway paved.

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The porous asphalt mixture leaves about 15 to 20 percent openings for air, compared to regular asphalt, which allows for only three to five percent of air voids. The Borough plans to monitor the pathways closely and, if there are no problems, will consider using this material to pave other popular walking paths.

As part of its sidewalk maintenance program, the borough also constructed a new sidewalk along Watchung Avenue from Girard Avenue to Hillside Avenue.

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