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Ecological Survey

Davey was retained by Jones-Stuckey Ltd., Inc. to provide ecological and National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) consulting services for the POR-Fred Fuller Park Drive (PID 90582) project in Kent, Ohio. The City of Kent received federal funds to replace the aging Redmond Bridge over the Cuyahoga River, which provided access to baseball and softball fields within Fred Fuller Park.

The first stage of the project involved the completion of a Level 1 Ecological Survey following Ohio Department of Transportation (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, threatened or endangered species and their habitat, and mussel beds. Davey completed stream and wetland habitat assessments for the water resources identified in the project area.

As part of the project’s environmental compliance, Davey completed a Level 1 Categorical Exclusion (CE) document that was reviewed and approved by ODOT District 4 staff. 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 Jones-Stuckey and the City of Kent to draft several environmental commitments to ensure continued project compliance during construction activities.

In order to receive authorization for minimal impacts to the Cuyahoga River and abutting wetlands required for the construction of the replacement bridge, Davey submitted a pre-construction notification to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), Buffalo District, for authorization under Nationwide Permit 14 for linear transportation projects. Davey personnel coordinated with the USACE project manager to address questions regarding impacts and project phasing and quickly secured the necessary permit for the project.

Davey’s knowledge of ODOT’s standards ensured that timely state and federal authorizations were obtained for this important bridge replacement.