Evaluate Alternatives to Right of Way Drainage Control Along the Interstate

For many decades, gutters have served as a significant component of the highway drainage system. Paved gutters are routinely utilized to convey storm water runoff away from travel lanes and toward receiving sewers and streams. Gutters are often constructed parallel to the roadway either adjacent to shoulders or offset from the paved surface. In this configuration, the gutters collect flow along several stations of highway and deliver the runoff to a natural or manmade channel or sewer in a low elevation. Common maintenance issues for paved gutters include: (1) deterioration, (2) settlement, (3) infiltration, and (4) sediment accumulation. Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) county garages are responsible for the maintenance and repair of gutters along the interstate highway routes. Gutter repair in this environment is very challenging, as maintenance forces must perform their work within the highway clear zone in the vicinity of high speed vehicular traffic. This research will be conducted in two phases. The goal of Phase 1 is to identify opportunities to improve ODOT's current procedures for maintaining gutters along the interstate highway routes. Improvement opportunities may include modifications to both labor and materials utilized in the maintenance effort. Further, improved maintenance procedures may also have application to other roadways (state, county, local) with similar gutter infrastructure. Phase 2 will field testing based on findings from Phase 1. Phase 2 is contingent upon the successful completion of Phase 1 and the written authorization of the ODOT Research Section.


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  • Status: Completed
  • Funding: $49103
  • Contract Numbers:




  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Federal Highway Administration

    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Managing Organizations:

    Ohio Department of Transportation

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

    Martindale, Jill

  • Performing Organizations:


    5500 New Albany Rd. W.
    New Albany, Ohio  United States  43054
  • Principal Investigators:

    Arden, Shawn

  • Start Date: 20170807
  • Expected Completion Date: 20180207
  • Actual Completion Date: 20180207

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01641388
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Ohio Department of Transportation
  • Contract Numbers: 30492, 104908, 135498
  • Files: RiP, STATEDOT
  • Created Date: Jul 21 2017 1:36PM