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Wednesday, May 11 2022 2:00 PM - Sunday, May 15 2022 12:00 PM [EDT]
50 North 3rd Street,
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Wednesday, May 11 2022 2:00 PM - Sunday, May 15 2022 12:00 PM [EDT]
Renaissance Columbus Downtown Hotel, 50 North 3rd Street, Columbus, OH, 43215, United States.
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In July 2019, Hari Kalla was selected for SES position of Associate Administrator for Infrastructure with the Federal Highway Administration
(FHWA). As the Associate Administrator for Infrastructure, Hari serves as a member of FHWA's leadership team and participates in developing strategic initiatives that have broad national impact upon the Agency and the Nation's transportation system.
Prior to this position, Hari served as the Associate Administrator for Research, Development, and Technology where he provided executive oversight to FHWA's national highway research and technology programs. Prior to his most recent appointment, Hari served in the SES position of Director, Office of Preconstruction, Construction, and Pavements within the Office of Infrastructure. In this role, Hari provided national leadership in pavement technology and construction engineering to FHWA Headquarters and field offices, state and local governments, industry, and academia.
Hari joined FHWA in 2001 as a Transportation Specialist within the Office of Safety and has held a variety of progressively responsible roles, including Team Leader in the Office of Safety, Team Leader in the Office of Operations, and Director of the Center for Accelerating Innovation. Hari holds a Master's Degree in Civil Engineering from the State University of New York and a Bachelor's Degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Jodhpur.
Jack Marchbanks has served as the Director of ODOT since January 2019, where he provides overall management of the department’s 5,000 employees and the development of its $3.3 billion budget. He provides strategic direction to the statewide administrators of the agency’s finance, human resources, information technology, legal, and communications divisions, as well as the opportunity, diversity and inclusion programs.
His past work, including as the ODOT Assistant Director (2017-2019) and District 6 Deputy Director (1996-2007, 2016-2017) included service as a voting member of the State Infrastructure Bank and fiduciary oversight of federal fund transfers from the Federal Highway Administration, Federal Transit Administration and Federal Rail Administration, and was a member of the Ohio Transportation Review Advisory Council (TRAC).
During his long time at the helm of District 6, he oversaw the investment of more than $1.7 billion in surface transportation infrastructure, including the widening of I-71 in Delaware County, the widening of the I-270 North Outerbelt from Gahanna to Dublin, the completion of US 35 in Fayette County and the completion of I-670 with the High Street Cap in Franklin County.
A staunch believer in life-long learning, Dr. Marchbanks recently earned a Doctor of Philosophy degree from Ohio University. He also holds an M.B.A. from Xavier University in Cincinnati and a Master’s Degree from Clark-Atlanta University. He is a proud graduate of the University of Dayton, where he earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science.
He is married to Alice Flowers and lives in Columbus, Ohio.
Michael Baker International
Gold Sponsor & Saturday Night Gala Sponsor
Chagrin Valley Engineering
Franklin County Engineer
ASHE Central Ohio
Friday Night Event Sponsor
Compass Infrastructure Group
Saturday Night Gala Sponsor
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Registration required. $125 for conference attendees, $145 for non-conference attendees.
Four-person team scramble with skills prizes, cash prizes, range, breakfast, drink tickets, off-the-grill lunch, and post-golf appetizers.
Registration begins at 7:30 am with a shotgun start at 9:00 am.
Includes tour ticket and transportation.
Tour bus departs at 10:45am from hotel and returns at 2:00pm.
Trace the footsteps of proud German immigrants who built this neighborhood 175 years ago. Admire more than a thousand brick homes and commercial buildings that have been lovingly restored over the past 60 years. Residents Gail Stoy and John Clark will share with you the highlights of this nationally celebrated urban historic district. The tour will start at the iconic Schmidt’s Sausage Haus where guests can indulge in their famous sausages and cream puffs. Cost of lunch not included in tour price.
There is no better way for the ASHE Central Ohio Section to welcome you to Columbus than with a party! Socialize, drink, and enjoy some delicious food while visiting with the industry exhibitors. While you’re enjoying yourself, don’t forget to take part in the Exhibit Hall Bingo Game. Use the Exhibit Hall Bingo Card found in your registration packet. Have it stamped by each of the Exhibitor booths. Then drop it off in the Bingo Box located at the Registration Table just outside the Exhibit Hall to be entered in a drawing to win some exciting prizes.
Each attendee may submit one entry by 2:30pm Friday, May 13th to be eligible. Winners will be announced during the Friday afternoon break in the Exhibit Hall.
The Welcome Reception and Ice Breaker is sponsored by American Structurepoint and Terracon
The Opening Session Keynote Speaker is Hari Kalla, Associate Administrator for Infrastructure at FHWA.
In July 2019, Hari Kalla was selected for SES position of Associate Administrator for Infrastructure with the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA). As the Associate Administrator for Infrastructure, Hari serves as a member of FHWA's leadership team and participates in developing strategic initiatives that have broad national impact upon the Agency and the Nation's transportation system. Prior to this position, Hari served as the Associate Administrator for Research, Development, and Technology where he provided executive oversight to FHWA's national highway research and technology programs. Prior to his most recent appointment, Hari served in the SES position of Director, Office of Preconstruction, Construction, and Pavements within the Office of Infrastructure. In this role, Hari provided national leadership in pavement technology and construction engineering to FHWA Headquarters and field offices, state and local governments, industry, and academia. Hari joined FHWA in 2001 as a Transportation Specialist within the Office of Safety and has held a variety of progressively responsible roles, including Team Leader in the Office of Safety, Team Leader in the Office of Operations, and Director of the Center for Accelerating Innovation. Hari holds a Master's Degree in Civil Engineering from the State University of New York and a Bachelor's Degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Jodhpur.
Tour bus departs at 8:40am from hotel and returns at 11:00am.
Walk the sidelines where Woody once roamed, Archie made history and where the Buckeyes have battled since 1922. Experience the Yassenoff Recruit Center filled with pictures of current and former Buckeye greats. Travel up to one of the nation's largest collegiate press boxes, where over 400 media personnel and staff are seated for games. See the Huntington Club level and view the field from one of the 81 suites. Visit the $1.5 million Steinbrenner Band Center, home to the "Best Damn Band in the Land." Explore other areas of the "the Horseshoe" for a unique Buckeye experience.
SMART COLUMBUS: The City of Columbus won the USDOT Smart City Challenge in June 2016. The city will share how it used human centered design and focused on using technology to solve resident challenges. We will talk about electrification, connected and autonomous vehicles as well as mobility as a service. ||
BRIDGING THE DIVIDE: The Ohio Department of Transportation in collaboration with the City of Columbus has taken a unique approach toward rebuilding the City’s innerbelt highway surrounding its Downtown. With 19 bridges requiring reconstruction, everyone recognized there was an opportunity to better connect Downtown and adjacent neighborhoods that were divided during the original highway construction in the 1960’s. The Columbus Approach involved design goals that made all the bridge crossings more inviting, using complete streets to make the neighborhoods more accessible while also reflecting each neighborhood’s character and ultimately developing different types of bridge caps to hide the freeway and bridge the divide. ||
DELIVER BLACK DREAMS: Deliver Black Dreams - A new multifaceted racial equity campaign called Deliver Black Dreams is under way in Columbus. Deliver Black Dreams will use public art as a launch point for a sustained and future-oriented approach to achieving racial equity in Columbus, one that helps the community reimagine a city where everyone can live abundantly.
City of Columbus
STATE OF TRAFFIC SAFETY: Michelle May, ODOT’s First Lady of Traffic Safety, will be providing an overview on the State of Traffic Safety in Ohio, and how these trends and programs run parallel with the national effort to reduce traffic deaths. ODOT’s program is always evolving to meet the challenges of safer roadway design, driver behavior, new technologies and the distractions they create. ||
THE EVOLUTION OF SYSTEM SAFETY IN PROGRAM MANAGEMENT: Systemic safety proactively identifies and treats locations at risk for crashes before they occur through implementation of proven low-cost treatments more broadly across a roadway network. The use of this systemic approach in addition to targeting safety hot-spots improves the chances of a positive return on safety investments systemwide. As public agencies are increasingly experiencing waning returns on investments targeted solely on reactive treatments, an evolution in the approach to safety program management has emerged and the use of systemic safety in public agencies’ transportation programs has begun to take traction. Dramatic changes over the past several years necessitate a more comprehensive approach that considers both reactive and proactive approaches to safety. Case studies will be presented from states including Ohio, Missouri, and New Jersey highlighting this evolution. ||
PERFORMANCE-BASED PRACTICAL DESIGN: Performance-Based Practical Design is changing how we apply safety principles in our design. The focus is on the design elements that affect safety performance at a specific location. Brenton with the ODOT Safety Team will provide actual examples of how Ohio is using the National Highway Safety Manual to make decisions about what design elements are necessary for a project by calculating crash risk.
Ohio Department of Transportation
HERNANDO DE SOTO BRIDGE EMERGENCY REPAIRS: On May 11, 2021, a partial fracture of one of the tie girders of the?Hernando de Soto?Bridge’s arch span was found during a fracture-critical inspection. Upon discovery of the fracture by inspectors from Michael Baker International, Arkansas and Tennessee Department of Transportation (ARDOT and TDOT) officials closed the bridge to vehicular and river traffic, severing a vital link for transportation, commerce, and defense.
A three-phased approach for repairs, with the most urgent challenge being stabilization of the bridge that allowed river traffic to resume and permanent repairs to begin. The phased approach allowed construction crews to safely?perform repairs of the fracture and other areas?identified?in follow-up inspections.?This presentation will cover the activities undertaken during the inspection and repair the structure, as well as challenges faced and lessons learned, so the bridge could be re-opened to traffic on August 2, 2021, just?83 days?after the fracture was initially discovered. ||
BUILDING A BRIDGE AT CVG INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT: The Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport (CVG) planned to construct a Consolidated Rental Car Facility (CONRAC) at the existing main terminal, requiring a major reconfiguration of facilities. The changes included removing an existing parking garage and realigning the Terminal Drive entrance road to provide a direct route to the terminals. This includes a split roadway between arrivals and departures with the upper level supported by a series of bridges stacked over the lower roadway. The bridge designs were technically challenging, including two MSE wall supported segments, three structure units, extremely high curvature geometry, constructability analyses, finite element modeling, soil-structure interaction, blast loads, and innovative design and construction methods such as smart sensors and high-performance concrete. This presentation examines the complex technical challenges as well as maintenance of traffic to reduce impact to the traveling public. The solution allowed the airport to reduce travel time entering the airport, open the west side of the airport for additional cargo and development, and create a new “front door” to the airport.
Tennessee Department of Transportation
The Section/Region Officers' meeting is opportunity for ASHE local and National leadership to get together to exchange information and for local leadership to get an insight into National activities and events. Because of the importance of this gathering, we will be providing a time during the National Conference for all section and region leadership to gather.
Self-guided. Includes transportation.
Tour bus departs at 11:45am from hotel and returns at 1:30pm.
Enjoy lunch at the North Market! An eclectic mix of more than 30 independently owned small businesses offering a wide variety of fresh produce, meat, poultry, seafood, flowers, specialty food items, international prepared foods & distinctive gifts. Transportation to and from provided. Shop, eat, and explore on your own.
Registration required. Note, there is no other lunch provided by the conference.
Celebrate the dedication and efforts of those who have served the ASHE organization from its inception to the present at the annual Luncheon Honoring Past National Presidents. Join your colleagues in honoring those who have contributed their time and energy to the betterment of the transportation industry and our organization. In addition to honoring the Past Presidents, the luncheon will include the presentation of the ASHE National Project of the Year Awards and the presentation of the Robert E. Pearson/Person of the Year Award. Robert E. Pearson/Person of the Year Award is given to a person active in highway related societies, has had an impact on the highway industry statewide, the person has willing given personal time for the good of the industry and has overwhelming respect of his/her peers. After the presentation of the awards ODOT Director Jack Marchbanks will give a Keynote address. Following his address Ed Lentz, local historian and storyteller will give a presentation on the history and development of Columbus from 1900 to today.
Includes ticket and transportation.
Tour bus departs at 1:00pm from hotel and returns at 4:00pm.
With 10,000 animals in six distinct regions the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium is an education and recreational complex that provides a journey for your body and your imagination.
Tour bus departs at 1:45pm from hotel and returns at 3:45pm.
The tour will walk you through the Highbanks story, process, and a tasting of their spirits!
CONNECTED, AUTONOMOUS AND ELECTRIC VEHICLES: DriveOhio is the state’s center for smart mobility for surface transportation systems and advanced air mobility. This session will provide program updates in four areas: autonomous vehicle pilot projects; connected vehicle research and development; research to enable advanced aircraft platforms; and electric vehicle infrastructure development. ||
NW 33 INNOVATION CORRIDOR: US 33 in Central Ohio is blazing a new trail in becoming one of the largest connected corridors in the nation. The NW 33 Innovation Corridor Council of Governments was awarded a $6 million USDOT Advanced Transportation Congestion Management Technologies Deployment (ATCMTD) grant to implement connected vehicle technologies along a 35-mile section of US 33 between the Cities of Dublin and Marysville near Columbus, Ohio. The 33 Smart Mobility Corridor offers a unique opportunity to test connected and automated vehicle technologies and vehicle-to-infrastructure (V2I) and vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) applications in various settings and roadway types.
The project includes the installation of 63 dedicated short-range communication (DSRC) roadside units (RSUs) along US 33 with another 37 installed at traffic signals within the Cities of Marysville and Dublin, equipping a few hundred vehicles with connected vehicle technology, integrating four vehicle-to-infrastructure (V2I) applications and developing a connected vehicle environment backend infrastructure management system to manage the health monitoring, data flows and overall system. The session will include project highlights, discuss the challenge and lessons learned with deploying connected infrastructure, and provide insight into the future of the corridor.
City of Dublin, OH
CITYWALK: WHERE BIRMINGHAM CONNECTS: The Central Business District (CBD) in the city of Birmingham, Alabama has been divided by the bridges of Interstates 59/20 for many decades. CityWalk BHAM is a 10-block, 31-acre linear space stretching across one mile under the interstate bridges that provides a place for public connection through recreation, amphitheaters, skating (both skate rink and skate park), outdoor classrooms, a dog park, a world-class playground, and more. After five years of conceptual design and rigorous public involvement, design of the expansive space began in earnest in 2019, and construction began in May 2021. The World Games 2022 intends to use CityWalk BHAM as “The World Games Plaza” as it is centrally located to the Opening/Closing Ceremonies stadium.
Birmingham has grand plans to turn this once neglected space beneath the interstate from a blighted parking lot into a vibrant public space. ||
I-579 CAP - URBAN CONNECTOR PROJECT: The I-579 “Cap” Urban Connector Project is a new, urban three-acre green space that reconnects Pittsburgh’s historic Hill District (“the Hill”) with the city’s Downtown business and cultural center (“Downtown”). In the 1950s entire blocks of homes and businesses in the Lower Hill neighborhood were demolished and I-579 was constructed, creating a “concrete canyon” of tall retaining walls, and separating the Hill from Downtown. This project bridged the concrete canyon and created a tree-lined park that functions as a “cap” over I-579, providing a walkable link to Downtown and including performance and green spaces, an outdoor classroom space, an amphitheater, and a bike- share station. Green infrastructure enables stormwater capture with rain gardens; while native trees, shrubs, and grasses also helping to reduce road noise from the interstate below.
The dense urban site and unique park loading for this new structure required innovative design and construction features, which will be detailed in this presentation. As a catalyst for jobs and commercial prosperity for the Hill, this $32 million project was awarded a $19 million federal TIGER grant. ||
CONNECTING COMMUNITIES THROUGH ALTERNATIVE TRANSPORTATION FACILITIES: Whether in a small town or a big city, new developments are increasingly focused on environmentally friendly means of transportation that attract all ages and lifestyles. These walkways, waterways, bridges, and multi-use paths create connectivity throughout a community, allowing people to walk, run, bike or boat to their destination. These facilities also enhance destination- based tourism and placemaking by integrating them into parks and streets, connecting people to recreational and commercial areas.
The City of Columbus has been making significant progress to take advantage of the shift to active transportation and focusing on developing multimodal pathways that help connect communities and drive economic development in the surrounding area. Facilities such as the Scioto Audubon and Quarry Trails Metro Parks, the Confluence Village Park and pedestrian bridge, and the recently opened Olentangy-Bethel Road Connector are all examples of how these alternative transportation methods enhance community connectivity and drive growth. This presentation will focus on mode-shift and the
role active transportation will play on future economic development.
Barge Design Solutions
Burgess & Niple
ODOT'S MEGA PROJECTS: ODOT’s Special Assistant for Mega Projects Delivery, Lloyd MacAdam, P.E., P.S. will discuss some of ODOT’s upcoming Mega projects. Mr. MacAdam will be discussing ODOT’s response to Ohio’s largest ever economic development manufacturer, Intel, coming to Central Ohio as well as a few other mega projects on the horizon. In addition, Acting District 6 Deputy Director, Anthony Turowski, P.E. will be discussing the current status of I-70/71 mega project in downtown Columbus as well as the proposed schedule of the remaining phases of this mega project. ||
URBAN DESIGN BUILD: OPPORTUNITY CORRIDOR: The Opportunity Corridor (OC) is a new 3-mile boulevard extending from the eastern terminus of Interstate 490 to East 105th Street and Chester Avenue (University Circle) in the City of Cleveland, Ohio. Construction of the OC began in 2015 with Section 1 reconstructing E 105th Street south from Chester Avenue to Quebec Avenue, utilizing design-bid-build procurement. In 2017, a design-build contract was let to construct Section 2, which extended the roadway southwest from East 105th Street and Quebec Avenue along a new alignment to East 93rd Street. Construction on Section 3 began in fall 2018 and is open to traffic.
This presentation will touch on Section’s 1 & 2 and focus on the Design-Build Team's (DBT) design effort for Section 3. The completed project will enhance mobility, utility and connectivity for a historically underserved area of Cleveland, known as the “Forgotten Triangle.” This corridor will support vehicular, pedestrian, bicycle, bus and rail transit, and freight rail transportation modes, with the intent to spur economic development. This section, a new 5-lane boulevard facility features: 2 miles of new roadway on new alignment, 7-signalized intersections, 3 BMP's for storm water treatment, New sanitary, storm and combined sewers, 7 bridges of various types, 4 groups of retaining walls.
BRENT SPENCE BRIDGE: The passage of the bipartisan federal infrastructure package has created a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to improve the quality of life for the millions of Americans who use the federal highway system to travel between Ohio and Kentucky and beyond. It also presents the opportunity to invest in local businesses and a growing workforce by improving safety and travel along one of the most important national corridors for commerce and freight.
The Brent Spence Bridge is the cornerstone of this important eight-mile corridor of Interstate 75 from the Western Hills Viaduct in Ohio to Dixie Highway in Kentucky. Learn more about the significance of this project, history of project development, and next steps being undertaken to deliver this significant transportation project.
WHAT'S #trending IN CENTRAL OHIO: Columbus is one of the nation’s most populated cities and is continuing to grow. As the metropolitan planning organization for Central Ohio, MORPC is uniquely positioned to influence the region’s growth patterns and address its transportation challenges. This presentation will provide an updated overview of Central Ohio’s trending initiatives including topics such as: Hyperloop, Amtrak, connecting communities, bringing Intel to Central Ohio, Rapid 5 (an interconnected network of the regions waterways and trails), and much more. ||
MORPC AND COTA - LINKUS: LinkUS seeks to provide a complete mobility system along key regional growth corridors, including high capacity and advanced rapid transit, bicycle and pedestrian connections, safety improvements, and new housing and job opportunities. The initiative is a response to the challenges facing a growing region, including managing traffic congestion, ensuring equitable access to jobs and housing, promoting economic vitality, and improving sustainability. It builds on numerous previous regional planning efforts, including COTA’s NextGen plan and the MORPC Insight 2050 Corridor Concepts Study.
Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission
Central Ohio Transit Authority
IMPACTS OF SUPPLY CHAIN CHANGES AND AUTONOMOUS DELIVERY ON ROADWAY NETWORKS: With online purchase and delivery previously a growing trend, the pandemic fueled a surge in online shopping, while also exposing the realignment of shipping and logistics approaches around the country. This has resulted in large-scale warehousing facilities upending previous land use assumptions and impacting roadway systems from rural highway interchanges to urban roadway grids. The growing automation of the supply chain, including autonomous distribution and delivery has been a major impact, with implementation of new technology simultaneously consolidating products into mega-warehouses and dispersing them into a wider network. Coupled with autonomous front-door delivery, our models for roadway usage could significantly change. This session will outline the current and anticipated roadway network impacts due to changes in supply chain and a freight delivery technology and explain possible outcomes. The session will aspire to convince leaders to take positive steps to in conjunction with these emerging changes, to successfully prepare our roadway network for the future. ||
CONNECTED VEHICLE (CV) TECHNOLOGIES: Ongoing advancements in Connected Vehicle (CV) technologies are providing motorists throughout the world with increased benefits related to transportation operations, mobility, and safety. To offer its motorists these benefits, the New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) has recently completed a pilot research and deployment project to evaluate the functional requirements (hardware, software, communications, and integration) needed to successfully deploy CV technology on its transportation infrastructure and within the existing NJDOT ITS architecture. The project also resulted in the first successful deployment of Signal Phasing and Timing CV broadcasts on the SCATS adaptive system within the United States.
This presentation will provide details on the research and outcomes of the NJDOT testing and recommendations for signal use, traveler messaging systems, map data, communications systems, and cybersecurity.
Urban Decision Group
Buses depart from the Renaissance Columbus Downtown Hotel at 6:00pm.
Friday night’s event includes transportation from the Renaissance Columbus Downtown Hotel to the renowned Columbus Zoo and Aquarium. The Zoo is home to more than 9,000 animals representing 650 species from around the globe and was named the number one zoo in America by USA Travel Guide. Guests will enjoy access to Adventure Cove, a Pacific Northwest inspired rocky coast and harbor setting for the sea lions and seals; Jack Hanna’s Animal Encounters Village, and a colorfully themed and immersive village highlighting animals from all around the world. This unique experience will include tray passed appetizers, drinks, and a buffet dinner. We highly recommend attending this night out for exotic animal encounters, delicious food, and excellent networking opportunities!
AERIAL LIDAR FOR IMPROVING ROADWAY SAFETY THROUGH GRADE, CURV AND WIDTH DETERMINATION: Accurate road curve, grade and width measurements are critical for improving safety along our state’s transportation network. There is a method for obtaining the necessary data for these endeavors more quickly and comprehensively -- aerial lidar.
Aerial lidar data can be used to determine the prevailing grade and curve of roadways. It can also be used to clearly define pavement edges, making it possible to accurately measure the width of any road, shoulder, or median — from interstates down to county and township roads. You’ll learn how aerial lidar can be used to generate the precise measurements needed to support transportation safety initiatives and develop more cost- and time-efficient maintenance strategies. Case studies will demonstrate the benefits of this lidar application and will include how the data is fused across county lines. ||.
LAZELLE ROAD WIDENING: After being destroyed in the Great Flood of 1913, most rail infrastructure in Central Ohio was quickly rebuilt on new alignments and higher embankments. In northern Columbus, railroad tracks crossing Flint Road at grade and an extreme skew saw the embankment raised during reconstruction efforts which created Lazelle Road on a new offset roadway alignment and added drainage under new railroad bridges. This narrow road is now an important artery in one of the fastest growing areas of Columbus, and its intersection with Flint Road a perpetual bottleneck for traffic between large corporate offices, apartment buildings, one of the largest malls in Ohio, and I-270 and US 23 roadways.
Beyond the coordination for replacement of railroad bridges owned by Norfolk Southern and CSX, utility relocation and coordination was a significant task with high voltage power, multiple waterlines, gas lines, and new storm sewer infrastructure.. During construction, the extensive coordination continued to be challenging, in addition to the significant utility and railroad involvement.
SIGNIFICANT URBAN ROADWAY RECONSTRUCTION DRIVEN BY COMMUNITY REVITALIZATION: The Lick Run Valley Conveyance System and Greenway Project is one of the largest green infrastructure control projects in the country to reduce combined sewer overflows. The project is in the South Fairmount neighborhood on the west side of Cincinnati. It provides watershed management, flood control, stormwater conveyance and storage, water reuse, and water quality treatment. The primary feature is a daylighted stream that is located between Queen City Avenue and Westwood Avenue, a pair of one-way arterials that carry more than 40,000 vehicles per day.
The project required significant changes to the existing roadway network, including roadway reconstruction and realignment resulting in new traffic patterns, five new vehicular bridges, reconstruction of 11 signalized intersections, and nearly 10,000 linear feet of new or reconstructed pedestrian facilities. Implementing these improvements in an urban environment presented numerous challenges, including maintenance of traffic, compliance with ADA standards, navigation through a myriad of underground utilities, and design that connects the adjacent existing Western Hills Viaduct structure while complying with the City of Cincinnati’s plan to replace the $330M Viaduct. This presentation focuses on the challenges encountered and their solutions and provides a unique perspective on designing transportation improvements to accommodate stormwater upgrades and community enhancements. ||
RESEARCH - STORMWATER MANAGEMENT: Traditional stormwater quantity BMPs tend to have large footprints which require significant right-of way area acquisition. However, many ODOT roadway projects have common features (e.g. grassed medians and grassed shoulders) that likely contribute to overall volume reduction—through infiltration and evapotranspiration. Modifications to the grassed medians and shoulders (such as soil amendments) may increase the infiltration capacity and evapotranspiration ability of these grassed medians and grassed shoulder areas.
The Assessment of Existing and Potential Volume Reduction for Post Construction Stormwater Management research project involved multiple years of flow monitoring along ODOT roadways to determine the impacts of soil amendments on stormwater runoff. This resulted in the largest data collection effort of its kind in the state of Ohio.
Based on stormwater runoff performance, soil quality benefits, and overall cost-benefit analysis, the research team has recommended the Amended Vegetated Filter Strip (AVFS) BMP for incorporation into the ODOT Location and Design Manual, as a post-construction stormwater quantity BMP. This will benefit ODOT, regulatory agencies, design engineers, and contractors/developers, by providing a space-efficient, cost-effective, and easy to implement alternative to traditional stormwater volume BMPs. This presentation will summarize the project goals, research approach, data analysis, conclusions, and lessons learned from the research project. ||
GREENING THE HIGHWAY ENVIRONMENT THROUGH INNOVATIVE STORMWATER TREATMENT: This presentation will focus on novel techniques to manage stormwater in the linear highway environment. It will provide a quick overview of recent research projects focused on runoff reduction as well as methods to improve water quality. This will include short discussions on bioswales, enhancements to grass swales, and permeable friction course overlays. The presentation will
close with thoughts on future challenges in roadway stormwater management in Ohio & beyond.
Ohio State University
Tour bus departs at 9:45am from hotel and returns at 12:155m.
COSI is a nationally esteemed science center that has delighted Central Ohio with all things science for 55 years, inspiring interest in science, technology, engineering, and math topics and delivering our experiential, "hands-on fun" brand of learning. As a trusted educational resource for families, schools, and community partners, COSI is an essential element of our community, engaging more than one million people annually through onsite, offsite, and online experiences.
Tour bus departs at 9:45am from hotel and returns at 12:15pm.
Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens is Central Ohio’s premier botanical garden and home to the iconic John F. Wolfe Palm House which dates back to 1895. The visitor experience spans about 13-acres and is comprised of the Conservatory building, The Scotts Miracle-Gro Foundation Children’s Garden and the Grand Mallway. The experience consists of botanical biomes, lush gardens, special horticulture and art exhibitions, and seasonal offerings. A collection of glass works by artist Dale Chihuly is also on display and included with admission.
I-71 STRINGTOWN ROAD INTERCHANGE IMPROVEMENTS: This project involves the widening and reconstruction of two interchanges at I- 71 and the area of Stringtown Road as part of the larger ODOT South Side Mega Fix project, a $153 million initiative that greatly improves traffic flow for motorists and commercial traffic. This section of I-71 is a major thoroughfare for north south traffic between the cities of Columbus and Cincinnati with average daily traffic between 100,000-125,000 vehicles a day. Looking to reduce congestion and increase safety along I-71, Collector-Distributor (C-D) lanes were proposed to separate traffic traveling to and from Stringtown Road and I-270, from through-traffic on I-71. The addition of the C-D lanes necessitated the complete reconstruction of the ramps at Stringtown Road and I-270.
The project was coordinated with the design and construction teams on adjacent projects before finalizing the plans to ensure it fit within the broader context of the area and accommodated any future construction. Overall, the project team was able to save $7 million in construction costs, while delivering plans in four months. ||
INTERSTATE 24 CM/GC BRIDGE REPLACEMENTS: The Interstate 24 bridge over S. Germantown Rd and the Belvoir Avenue bridge over I-24 in Chattanooga, TN have aged to the point of replacement and traffic demands have led to the need for more capacity. The project was selected for the innovative CM/GC (construction manager/general contractor) alternative delivery method by TDOT. This would become only the third project of its kind in the State’s history.
The I-24 bridge over Germantown Rd was tapped for replacement utilizing ABC techniques to minimize traffic impacts to the motoring public. Over 100,000 vehicles per day travel through this busy corridor of I-24. During three scheduled weekend closures, I-24 traffic will be diverted around the S. Germantown Rd. bridge and onto N. and S. Terrace to allow the contractor to replace the superstructure in an accelerated window of only 58 hours.
The project also included two bridge replacements, three (3) MSE walls, construction of two temporary slip ramps for to facilitate weekend traffic shifts, and 172 micropiles. ||
AUGERED CAST-IN-PLACE (ACIP) PILES FOR BRIDGE FOUNDATIONS: Augered Cast-in-Place (ACIP) piles have been used since the 1960’s in Europe and extensively in the United States since the 1980’s. Their use has been prevalent in vertical structures while bridge and transportation structures have been slow to adopt; with AASHTO not addressing their design. The new two-span (190’ and 293’) and highly skewed (64.5 degree) STA-77-0936 bridge in Canton, Ohio sits atop two highly charged aquifers which provided the opportunity to leverage the constructability benefits of ACIP foundations for the first time for OhioDOT. Through this project, data was collected to help validate design methods, implement an integrity testing program, and compare various methods of load testing the in-situ performance of such an array.
In total, the 217-foot-long pier footing was supported by 176 ACIP piles in 4 rows that required battered, low headroom, and phased installations, in addition to the charged aquifer challenges. Being a new foundation type for OhioDOT, the project had a rigorous installation plan which defined demonstration piles, mix designs, full-length cage installations, thermal integrity testing, static testing, and dynamic testing. This presentation will provide an overview of the project, structural and geotechnical design, the installation process, testing, and lessons learned from this first-of-its kind foundation for OhioDOT. Data gathered from this large-scale use of ACIP piles for a large bridge foundation can help advance their acceptance as a viable bridge foundation in AASHTO publications and provide another beneficial solution for bridge owners.
VISION FOR THE CUYAHOGA RIVER VALLEY - ONE RIVER, ONE PLACE, ONE CLEVELAND: The session will cover the revitalization and future vision for one of Ohio’s and Nation’s landmark locations, the Cuyahoga River Valley. Once a poster for environmental degradation, the Valley today is trending toward a thriving mixed-use district with elements of environmental remediation, diversifying healthy economies, and equitable spaces and housing opportunities. Learn about the Vision for the Valley Plan and the factors that went into creating the Plan, and innovative recommendations that are being implemented now.
This includes innovative recommendations for how to blend multiple modes of transportation in a dense area that drives a 3.5-billion-dollar regional economy. With the complexities of a national shipping channel, expanding water recreation, bike and pedestrian connections, twenty historic bridges, and a complex network of roadways, this plan is a cornerstone of how to create innovative planning solutions to revitalize historic industrial places infused with multiple modes of travel, with a strong focus on growing the economy and equity.
The outcome of the plan are recommendations for an improved transportation network, diverse and equitable economy, enhanced environmental conditions, and opportunities for inclusive public spaces that are connected through a series of mobility options. ||
TRANSPORTATION RESILIENCE PLANNING: Natural hazards often become disasters that can disrupt the smooth and safe operation of transportation systems. Compromised infrastructure is expensive to repair, restore and replace, while travel disruptions adversely affect the economy and people’s quality of life. The impact of these harms can be diminished by incorporating resilience planning as a routine and deliberate part of transportation infrastructure planning and investment decision making processes. This segment will showcase a framework designed to estimate the benefits of investing in resilience. ||
CLOSING THE DIVIDE: THE FRACTURED HISTORY AND FUTURE ROLE OF TRANSPORTATION PLANNING: This session brings together local and national leaders in transportation and community development, with a focused conversation around how cities are completely rethinking their mobility priorities. The session will discuss how cities are transforming highways that have historically bifurcating communities into thriving multimodal corridors that offer more mobility options to all walks of life. This session will emphasize on key case studies across the U.S. and a focus on the impacts of I-70 in Central Ohio, taking a deeper dive into how decisions of the past are influencing positive change for the future, and how the future of transportation planning can play a major role.
The installation of Interstate 70 created an impact on the Central Ohio community known as the Great Divide. The area surrounding Mt. Vernon Ave area on the near east side of Columbus was once a bustling community filled with small businesses. Interstates cut off direct access to the neighborhood. Local businesses were forced to go out of business.
Cities across the U.S. are transforming highways into thriving, multimodal boulevards that are being planned, designed, and built for the community. Recognizing past decisions in order to move forward in a positive manner, the new and foreseeable normal of transportation planning will be focused on advancing localized solutions, co-creation design thinking, creating healthier connections within our neighborhoods, and transforming our streets to be reflective of the character of our community values.
Tour bus departs at 11:45am and 12:45pm from hotel and returns at 3:00pm.
With more than 30 million visitors per year, Easton is the Midwest’s premier shopping, dining, and entertainment destination featuring 200+ best-in-class retailers alongside Columbus’ most exciting dining options, Ohio’s largest movie theatre, a world-class comedy club, and pedestrian-friendly open-air town squares, fountains, and parks. Transportation to and from provided. Shop, eat, and explore on your own.
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