Jan. 5, 2012 Porous Pavement Performance in Cold Climates

by Tom Ballestero and Rob Roseen

Due to the need for improved stormwater management, the application of porous pavements is increasing dramatically in northern areas with cold climates. Yet, there are persistent misconceptions about these systems, in particular with regard to cold climate performance.  Permeable pavement infiltration is not negatively affected by freezing; this pavement remains porous and does not become an impermeable ice block. Furthermore, permeable pavement requires less deicing throughout the winter season, and is more resistant to frost heave than standard pavement.  read more.