Use of Porous Asphalt in Ocean City
Ocean City's road improvement program encourages the use of porous pavement whenever and wherever possible. This material allows water to drain through the pavement surface and into the soils below. Porous pavement has proven to be an effective way to reduce storm water on many streets in Ocean City.
Because a porous surface also allows groundwater to travel up through the pavement and onto the surface of a street, use is restricted to certain areas. The material is most effective in areas with elevation and sandy soil.
Porous pavement is currently being used for 2017 road projects on St. Charles Place, Park Place and Fourth Street.
In other areas, the city may increase the pipe diameter and/or use perforated pipe. Perforated pipe gets the water below the road base and recharges it into the sandy soils.