Ecological Survey

Davey was retained by Brandstetter Carroll, Inc. to provide ecological and National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) consulting services for the CRA-98-7.87 (PID 94147) project in Bucyrus, Ohio. Plymouth Street (State Route 98) is a major thoroughfare that provides direct access to downtown Bucyrus from US Route 30. In addition to deteriorating road quality, numerous infrastructure deficiencies identified in the project area necessitated modernization of this roadway to meet current Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) design standards.

The first stage of the project involved the completion of a Level 1 Ecological Survey according to ODOT standards. Davey conducted the required fieldwork and submitted the Ecological Survey Report to ODOT. The field survey included investigations of the project area for the presence of wetlands, streams, and threatened or endangered species and their habitat. Concurrent with the ecological survey, Davey also completed a review of the potential historic and cultural resources in the project area due to the age of the residential neighborhood adjacent to the road.

As part of the project’s environmental compliance, Davey completed a Level 1 Categorical Exclusion (CE) document. The CE provided documentation of project compliance with a variety of laws and standards, including environmental justice, public involvement, air and noise pollution, the Endangered Species Act, Clean Water Act, and National Historic Preservation Act, among others. Davey worked with Brandstetter Carroll to draft several environmental commitments to ensure continued project compliance during construction activities.

Finally, Davey coordinated the completion of a Phase 1 Environmental Site Assessment in order to document the potential for environmental contamination within the temporary rights-of-way required for the project. Davey provided ODOT with the findings of the report and included the results and recommendations of the study in the CE document.