Streamlining Implementation of Sustainable Channel Maintenance Practices

The purpose of this research is to better understand any challenges county crews and district staff might encounter using the standard process, identify ways to eliminate barriers to implement these practices and develop a streamlined process to facilitate design and implementation, and test the new process through further implementation of projects. The primary goal for the proposed research is to make implementation of Natural Channel Design (NCD) based practices and the use of alternative construction materials for maintenance accessible and obtainable with a reasonable amount of effort by county forces and district staff. This goal is critical to the future adoption of these practices as Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) county forces and staffs are not likely to willingly adopt practices that are appreciably more difficult to implement than current maintenance approaches. To address this goal the project team proposes the following objectives: (1) Identify pilot projects and test/evaluate implementation process by county forces at two sites. Work with ODOT Research Section Project Manager and County Garage forces to identify two pilot project sites and aid county forces and district staff through the design and construction phases. (2) Identify a process and/or necessary steps to streamline implementation of future projects. Based on the findings of the initial implementation projects, make recommendations and develop a process to streamline future maintenance projects. (3) Test the new process by implementing additional projects. Utilize the new process to implement three additional projects. (4) Summarize project findings in a final report. Summarize project findings and make any additional recommendations for further streamlining the maintenance process for NCD practices.


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  • Status: Active
  • Funding: $280,027.25
  • Contract Numbers:




  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Ohio Department of Transportation

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

    Martindale, Jill

  • Performing Organizations:

    The Ohio State University Research Foundation

    1960 Kenny Rd. Columbus, OH 43210-1063
    , OH   
  • Principal Investigators:

    Witter, Jon

  • Start Date: 20160427
  • Expected Completion Date: 20190630
  • Actual Completion Date: 20190630

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01598932
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Ohio Department of Transportation
  • Contract Numbers: 27619, 135356, 102696
  • Files: RIP, STATEDOT
  • Created Date: May 10 2016 8:42AM