State DOT project will alleviate Calverton flooding

06/07/2011 5:17 AM |

VERA CHINESE PHOTO | One lane of traffic has been closed on Route 25 in Calverton.

State workers recently completed a project on a portion of Route 25 in Calverton that’s a first for Long Island’s state roads and should alleviate flooding in the area, state Department of Transportation officials said.

The project added six inches of pervious asphalt to the road’s shoulder in a flood-prone area near the Citgo gas station, said DOT spokeswoman Eileen Peters. “It will filter water down directly into the earth,” she said, adding that this method has not been used before on state roads in Nassau or Suffolk. “It’s very green and sustainable,” she said.

The roadwork occurred between Edwards and Fresh Pond avenues.

Workers alternated closing the east and west lanes Tuesday and several days last week.
Ms. Peters could not say how much the project cost since the work was done in-house and not by outside contractors.
She said if the project was successful the DOT would likely try the method in other areas.

When asked whether flooding was indeed a big problem in the area, an employee of the nearby Peconic Propane, who declined to give her name, said, “Oh God, yeah.”

“If you’re heading farther west and there’s oncoming traffic [when it rains], you have to stay in your lane [until it passes],” she said.

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