Effective and Efficient Roadside Ditch Cleaning Using BMP's for Erosion and Sediment Control

The Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) maintenance crews maintain approximately 43,000 lane miles of open roadside ditches. These activities allow storm water to readily exit the roadway, eliminate obstructions, and restore ditches to their proper shape. Open roadside ditches impact the functional and environmental aspects of the transportation system. When the ditches are not maintained they can obstruct the necessary and designed flow of storm water from the roadway. That can lead to safety concerns of water and/or ice on the roadway as well as premature roadway failure from saturated subsurface. The researcher will work closely with ODOT maintenance crews in Putnam and Mahoning County to research how to improve upon ODOT's current roadside ditching process and provide recommendations on how to improve safety, production and cost effectiveness. To accomplish this research, the scope of work should be divided into two phases. Phase 2 is contingent upon successful completion of Phase 1 and written authorization from ODOT's Research Program. Phase 1 of the research requires a comprehensive look at how ODOT currently maintains roadside ditches, and will provide recommendations on how to increase efficiency and decrease labor hours. Environmental issues are a major concern for the department and need to be considered in the first phase by making recommendations for best management practices (BMP's) dealing with erosion and sediment control.


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    • Status: Completed
    • Funding: $604,747.21
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    • Sponsor Organizations:

      University of Cincinnati

      Civil Engineering Department, P.O. Box 210071, 741 Baldwin Hall
      Cincinnati, OH  United States  45221-0071
    • Project Managers:

      Sharpe, Ron

    • Principal Investigators:

      Elzarka, Hazem

    • Start Date: 20150727
    • Expected Completion Date: 20180118
    • Actual Completion Date: 20180118
    • Source Data: RiP Project 40125

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    Filing Info

    • Accession Number: 01570572
    • Record Type: Research project
    • Source Agency: Ohio Department of Transportation
    • Contract Numbers: 27144, 135204
    • Files: RiP, STATEDOT
    • Created Date: Jul 24 2015 1:00AM