Effectiveness of Wildlife Mitigation Treatments on the Nelsonville Bypass

U.S. Route 33 Nelsonville Bypass is a three-phase, 8.5-mile new construction of four-lane highway through Athens and Hocking County Ohio with a large portion bisecting Wayne National Forest, Ohio's only National Forest. The Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) has worked closely with resource agencies and the Wayne National Forest to incorporate several mitigation treatments to protect wildlife in the area. The project was designed to restrict wildlife access to the highway to reduce vehicle wildlife interactions. However, the design also incorporated several features to make it permeable to wildlife migration. This research will determine if the wildlife treatments are functioning as intended. This is important as a large amount of capital investment was made in these treatments. Further, this research will assist ODOT in designing these treatments for future projects, or indicate that they are not effective.


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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:

    Perlik, Matt

  • Performing Organizations:

    Ohio University, Athens

    Athens, OH  United States  45701
  • Principal Investigators:

    McAvoy, Deborah

  • Start Date: 20141117
  • Expected Completion Date: 0
  • Actual Completion Date: 20170417
  • Source Data: RiP Project 37429

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01542977
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Ohio Department of Transportation
  • Contract Numbers: 26656, 135024
  • Files: RiP, STATEDOT
  • Created Date: Nov 1 2014 1:41AM