Maryland Department of Transportation State Highway Administration (MDOT SHA)
- Interagency Coordination
- Independent Environmental Monitoring
CRI acted as the Environmental Compliance Coordinator (ECC) for this roadway improvement project in eastern Maryland. The project consists of the dualization of the MD 404 (Queen Anne Highway) to a 4-lane divided highway beginning at US 50 and extending eastward to the western edge of the Denton Bypass. The project spans approximately 9 miles through Queen Anne’s, Talbot, and Caroline Counties. In addition to adding two additional lanes, improvements include access control, intersection upgrades, bicycle compatibility, drainage improvements, and construction of a new bridge along westbound MD 404 over Norwich Creek. The project was built through the Design-Build project delivery method.
CRI’s duties as the ECC included: performing on-call plan/permit/modification review and services in support of the project; conducting meetings with the Design-Builder, the SHA, USACE, and MDE to discuss permit conditions, compliance measures, design review and coordination, and scheduling; reviewing proposed design/plan changes requested by the Design-Builder that affect any permit conditions to determine if they will be considered; assembling the necessary documentation from the Design-Builder and submitting for permit modification request to the USACE and MDE; updating the Joint Permit Application tables to include any permit modification impact changes; and providing assistance in response to questions or problems that may occur during construction. CRI’s ECC is currently reviewing the closeout reports and as-built plans for the project. The EEC is also currently coordinating final impacts with the USACE and MDE to ensure that all project permit commitments have been met and preparing the final permit package for the project.
CRI also provided an Independent Environmental Monitor (IEM) to be onsite during construction of the project. The IEM was responsible for monitoring construction activities to ensure that grading, sediment and erosion control and other construction activities were in compliance with environmental permits. The IEM prepared timely inspection reports and coordinated with regulatory personnel when potential violations were observed and worked with the contractors to ensure the site was quickly brought back into compliance and any damage was restored.