Environmental & Ecological Services for FRA-Kitzmiller Roundabout – New Albany, Ohio

The Franklin County Engineer’s Office initiated roadway improvements involving installing a modern roundabout to the existing Morse and Kitzmiller Roads intersection and replacing the existing bridge over Blacklick Creek.  Since the Blacklick Creek is listed as a Group 1 stream in the Ohio Mussel Protocol, and freshwater mussel species Pyganodon grandis (giant floater), Anodontoides ferussacianus (cylindrical papershell), and Lampsilis radiata luteola (fat mucket) were previously recorded, STONE was retained to complete the required mussel survey and associated waterway permitting for the project.  Environmental/ecological services provided by STONE included: 1) completion of an ODOT Level 1 Ecological Survey to identify resources and habitat within the project area and submittal of the appropriate Ecological Survey Report;  2) submittal of a Waterway Permit Determination Request package to ODOT for review; 3) assistance determining whether site impacts exceeded the USACE Nationwide Permit (NWP) limits and if a Pre-Construction Notification (PCN) would be required; 4) completion of delineation field work in anticipation of completing a Preliminary Waters/Wetland Delineation Report to accompany potential NWP PCN submittals; 5) assistance submitting categorical exclusion (CE) Level 2 documentation for the project.

“STONE is an instrumental part of our team on the Portsmouth By-Pass Project: the 16-mile new construction project, which is the single largest project in ODOT history. This project has come with more than its share of environmental challenges. STONE has delivered over 30 full environmental clearance reviews and reports we have requested as part of the project, handling them from start to finish in a very timely & cost effective manner. Furthermore, they’ve proven themselves as an extremely valuable resource when it comes to consulting on mitigation efforts, hazardous materials, and resolving various unknown environmental situations that the project has encountered.

 

From the top down STONE has proven they are committed to excellence and we look forward to working with them on many projects in the future.”