Ashtabula, Ohio

Running alongside Lake Erie, State Route 531 (SR 531) is both a scenic byway that offers vistas along the Great Lake and an important regional transportation link that is vital to the region’s local community and thriving annual $295 million tourism industry. The structural integrity of the road was threatened by ongoing erosion and slope failures due to volatile forces of Lake Erie. The Ohio Department of Transportation commissioned KCI to design an environmentally-friendly, long-term solution to repair the roadway and to implement shoreline erosion protection.

The project required expertise in coastal engineering design practices, highway design, extensive environmental studies and a complex permit acquisition. KCI provided design for 3,700 feet of existing shoreline protection revetment repair, 800 feet of new stone revetment, and roadway repairs to the damaged sections of SR 531.