Effective and Efficient Roadside Ditch Cleaning Using BMP's for Erosion and Sediment Control

The goal of this research is to improve Ohio Department of Transportation's (ODOT’s) current process of maintaining ditches. The research team evaluated current procedures that ODOT utilize for roadside ditch cleaning and conducted field tests to evaluate alternates to current procedures. Field tests of the Ditchmaster (DM) 800, a ditcher that uses a horizontal rotating auger to remove spoil material, have revealed its inability of cleaning ditches that have wet and sticky soil. This is considered a major limitation as it limits its use for “emergency” ditching. In spite of this significant limitation, the benefits of the DM resulting from a better production rate, and a more environmentally friendly ditch configuration can potentially make it a useful component of an integrated ditch maintenance system (IDMS). Field tests of temporary erosion control products (TECPs) have revealed the potential benefits of using such products in controlling erosion of the slopes and bottoms of the ditches after cleaning. A manual was developed to familiarize highway maintenance personnel with best practices for installation, recommended application rates and selection methods of TECPs.


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Media Info

  • Media Type: Digital/other
  • Edition: Final Report
  • Features: Appendices; Figures; Photos; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 128p

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01661647
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: FHWA/OH-2017-45
  • Contract Numbers: SJN 135204
  • Created Date: Feb 20 2018 7:44AM