Assessment and Treatment of Sulfate-Bearing Soils in Ohio

At the moment, it is not known if high-sulfate soils are confined to areas along the Lake Erie shoreline in Northeast Ohio or if they are present in other areas of the state. Hence, it is important to determine if other areas in Ohio have high-sulfate soils and understand why these areas have elevated levels of sulfate. Identifying the locations where high sulfate levels might be encountered and knowing the factors that might affect soil sulfate origin and formation would enable the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) to quickly assess the presence of high sulfate levels in soil and would ensure that soil stabilization plans will be appropriate for roadway construction. The outcome of this study may lead to (1) improving safety by reducing pavement damage and providing a drivable pavement surface, and (2) reducing long-term costs by improving soil stabilization and reducing the need for repairs to pavement caused by soil heave.


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  • Status: Completed
  • Contract Numbers:



  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Federal Highway Administration

    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  United States  20590

    Ohio Department of Transportation

    Research Program
    1980 West Broad Street
    Columbus, OH  United States  43223
  • Project Managers:

    Merklin, Chris

  • Performing Organizations:

    University of Akron

    Akron, OH  United States 
  • Principal Investigators:

    Cutright, Teresa

  • Start Date: 20120816
  • Expected Completion Date: 0
  • Actual Completion Date: 20150501
  • Source Data: RiP Project 32548

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01568410
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Ohio Department of Transportation
  • Contract Numbers: 25173, 134703
  • Files: RiP, STATEDOT
  • Created Date: Jun 27 2015 1:01AM