The University of Connecticut faced extensive permitting challenges with the Connecticut Department of Energy & Environmental Protection (CTDEEP), as well as the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), for this environmentally sensitive project. Challenges include habitat and wetlands preservation, stormwater management, and farmland mitigation plans.
Fuss & O’Neill has been instrumental in partnering with the University in overcoming permitting challenges with state and federal agencies. We developed a federal Environmental Impact Statement, as well as a state CEPA Comparative Evaluation to address regulatory concerns and obtained necessary approvals based on our innovative, sustainable solutions to reduce environmental impacts.
This complex project has required expertise from nearly all of our core disciplines (i.e. civil and structural engineering, traffic engineering, environmental assessments, landscape architecture, inland wetlands assessments, and stormwater management). Design includes a new one mile long, two-lane roadway and signalized intersection with bicycle lanes and sidewalks for multipurpose access. What makes this project unique is the design of three distinct structures to protect streams and wetlands (a three-sided rigid frame bridge, a box culvert, and a clear span bridge).
This project, which was started in 2001, is scheduled for completion by the Spring of 2016. The expected impact on the University and surrounding community is to provide an aesthetically attractive means of entry into the campus that results in greater access, improves functionality, and alleviates current traffic congestion. We are committed to accomplishing all of this while preserving the environmental integrity and wildlife of the location and maintaining the aesthetic appeal of this rural campus.