Storm Water Best Management Practices for Local Roadways

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulations require the implementation of stormwater best management practices (BMPs) into roadway construction projects for post construction runoff. For local jurisdictions, the inclusion of these BMPs is difficult due to limited availability of space (i.e. right-of-way or easement). Urbanized areas pose additional challenges with the presence of sidewalks, houses, and businesses while many rural areas are faced with inadequate right-of-way widths. Further complicating the issue is the availability, or non-availability, of dedicated storm sewer systems in these areas. A variety of products are commercially available for stormwater management and a tremendous amount of research has been performed to establish BMPs. Ohio Department of Transportation's (ODOT's) Location and Design (L&D) Manual Volume 2 outlines several BMPs that have been approved by the Ohio EPA for use on federal aid projects. While information on BMPs is available, it is not necessarily easily manageable or focused on local roadway applications. A focused synthesis study to collect and analyze stormwater BMPs designed for utilization on Ohio's local transportation system is needed to assist locals in the consideration of BMPs. The goal of this research is to establish a methodology for recommending proven stormwater BMPs for use on Ohio's local roadway system that satisfy current regulations and are cost effective in terms of construction and maintenance by local governments. The objective of this research is to develop a matrix of stormwater BMP alternatives for application on linear transportation projects on Ohio's local system. The results of this research will provide local officials with a simplified tool to assist decision makers in selecting optimal BMPs for specific applications. Ultimately, access to the findings of this research will aid locals in implementing the most efficient and cost effective stormwater BMPs enabling compliance with EPA regulations while adhering to budgetary constraints.


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  • Status: Active
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  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Federal Highway Administration, Ohio Division

    200 North High Street
    Room 328
    Columbus, OH  United States  43215
  • Project Managers:

    Humphreys, Rebecca

  • Performing Organizations:

    GS&P/OH, Incorporated

    155 E. Broad Street
    Suite 900
    Columbus, OH  United States  43215
  • Principal Investigators:

    McCabe, Mark

  • Start Date: 20140902
  • Expected Completion Date: 0
  • Actual Completion Date: 20160909
  • Source Data: RiP Project 37107

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01536413
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Ohio Department of Transportation
  • Contract Numbers: 26596, 134990
  • Files: RiP, STATEDOT
  • Created Date: Aug 31 2014 1:00AM