ODOT partners to create natural wetlands around new Interstate 77 Interchange at Dover
ODOT’s "Go with Green" Initiative embraces environmental stewardship
New Philadelphia, Ohio (Thursday, November 4, 2010) – The Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) District 11 and its contractor, Beaver Excavating, from Canton, Ohio, has joined forces with the Buckeye Career Center, the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR), and Ducks Unlimited to construct a natural wetland habitat along the footprint of the former rest areas adjacent to the new Interstate 77 Interchange at Dover, Ohio.
ODOT District 11 Deputy Director Richard A. Bible, P.E. said, "After demolishing the rest areas, it was important for us to leave this area as aesthetically pleasing for motorists as it was before as well as repurposing it for some kind of future use, if possible, so we began brainstorming with our contractor."
ODOT and Beaver Excavating performed extensive research with officials from ODNR and Ducks Unlimited that determined the area was suitable for a wetland, including a topographical survey of the two areas, and the types of native plants and wildlife. Wetlands have many advantages, including filtering and therefore improving groundwater, providing a habitat for birds, small animals, and fish, and adding a scenic view to the highway.
Construction of the wetlands began in early October with grading of the existing terrain and moving of multiple trees and rock into the area from other locations on the project. Curved channels of water through the wetlands are also being constructed.
Buckeye Career Center’s Natural Resources Class will help construct the wetlands by planting and maintaining trees, and they are building wood duck and bluebird boxes to add to the environment. This class will also perform future routine maintenance items as class field trips to these wetlands.
Projected completion for construction of the wetland areas is mid-November.
For more information contact:
Becky Giauque \Jee-awg\, Public Information Officer, at (330) 308-3949
or email D11.PIO@dot.state.oh.us