US 41 Small Structure Replacement, Fountain County, Indiana

Services Provided:

ASC Group completed cultural and environmental resource surveys for the replacement of the US 41 small structure over an unnamed tributary (UNT) of Coal Creek in Fountain County, Indiana. The project proposed the construction of a new structure to re place existing structure. The project involved minimal roadway approach work. The new structure will include headwalls so the guardrail will also be replaced. A desktop review for aboveground resources was undertaken and no properties more than 50 years of age were identified within or adjacent to the project area.

The Section 106 process for this project is covered under the Minor Projects Programmatic Agreement (MPPA) dated January 24, 2017. US 41 small structure over an UNT of Coal Creek was constructed in the mid-twentieth century and did not exhibit non-modern wood, stone, or brick, or a context that suggests it might have historical significance. A Phase Ia Archaeological Short Report was completed and indicated that there were no archaeological sites within the project area. Records checks for cultural resources indicated that there were no aboveground or belowground properties listed in or eligible for the National Register of Historic Places (NRHP) located adjacent to the project area. The project meets the criteria of Category B9. Under Category B of the MPPA, the project is not subject to consultation by INDOT cultural Resources Section, and further Section 106 consultation activities will not be necessary.

Because this project was subject to federal funding and approval, the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) of 1969 requires the evaluation of potential environmental impacts. A Level 1 Categorical Exclusion Document (CE1) was prepared. It documented the engineering and design details of the project, evaluated environmental impacts, and developed environmental commitments. There were no significant negative social, environmental, or economic (SEE) impacts expected based on the results of early coordination with federal, state, and local agencies, the field surveys that have been completed, the impact analysis detailed within the CE1, and the project’s classification as a Categorical Exclusion 1. The document was reviewed and approved by INDOT and FHWA.

 

I-65/I-70 Bridges and the North Split Project, Indianapolis, IN

Services Provided:

The project included improvement of the I-65/I-70 corridor through Indianapolis, Indiana. Reconfiguration of the current interstate corridor and associated bridges and culverts are the primary focus of this project.
ASC Group completed a historic properties survey for the Area of Potential Effect. Efforts to identify historic properties in the APE included a check of records available via the State Historic Architectural and Archaeological Research Database (SHAARD), field work, and communication with consulting parties. The results of the field surveys were reported in a Historic Property Report (HPR). There are many notable historic properties within the APE, including two National Historic Landmarks (NHL), 27 resources individually listed on the National Register of Historic Places (NRHP), ten NRHP-listed historic districts within the APE including Old Northside, Massachusetts Avenue, and Chatham Arch historic neighborhoods. All NRHP-listed resources are automatically included in the Indiana Register of Historic Sites and Structures (IRHSS); in addition, there are two individual resources and one district listed in the IRHSS. In addition, there are two resources previously identified as NRHP-eligible. ASC identified an additional seven individual resources and two districts that are recommended eligible.

 

New Drone Services Available

ASC Group has expanded its services to include photogrammetric mapping services.

We employ an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV), or drone, to digitally photograph landscapes and landscape features ranging in size from 0.25 acres to 20 acres for state, municipal, and private clients. Flying predetermined flight paths and shooting sufficient high-resolution photographs to ensure approximately 75% overlap between the images allows our staff to create detailed three-dimensional landscape reconstructions and detailed orthomosaic maps. Photo data will be processed with third party software to develop unified reconstructions, which are incorporated into project deliverables. Detailed maps of archaeological sites, historic landscapes, or ecologically sensitive areas allow our clients to reduce their project’s effects on the environment.

IndyGo Red Line Bus Rapid Transit Project, Indianapolis, IN

Services Provided:

ASC Group completed Phase I archaeological surveys, an architectural resources survey, and a Phase II archaeological site evaluation for three Phases for the Red Line Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) project in the City of Indianapolis, Indiana. The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) was the lead Federal Agency and the project involves over 35 miles of heavily urbanized street rights-of-way passing through central Indianapolis.

The Phase I archaeological surveys identified one archaeological resource that was recommended as potentially eligible for inclusion in the National Register of Historic Places (NRHP). This resource was elements of the historic interurban rail system that was a prominent feature in ca. 1890-1930s Indiana. The surviving site elements were identify through ground penetrating radar surveys in historic rights-of-way. Phase II site evaluations of the rail system were completed in four locations along busy, multi-lane roadways in central Indianapolis. Each test excavation exposed and documented intact rail and rail bed sections, which were ultimately recommended not eligible for the NRHP. The Indiana Division of Historic Preservation and FTA concurred with the recommendations.

ASC Group completed a Historic Property Report for Phases 2 and 3 of the Red Line Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) project in Marion, Johnson, and Hamilton Counties, Indiana. The survey work identified 54 architectural resources, eight of which had been previously recorded, and two historic districts within or adjacent to the area of potential effect (APE). Of the 54 resources, one had been listed in the National Register of Historic Places and three of the previously recorded resources and two newly identified resources were recommended eligible as a result of the project. The Indiana Division of Historic Preservation and FTA concurred with the recommendations.

Portage-Marquette Trail, Porter County, Indiana

Services Provided:

ASC Group completed cultural resources and environmental surveys for the proposed Portage-Marquette Trail (Des. No. 1500704) in Portage, Porter County, Indiana. The project is located in Portage, Indiana, along Ameriplex Drive, Louis Sullivan drive, and Daniel Burnham drive. The project proposes construction of a new shared-use path and is part of the Indiana Statewide Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan 2016-2020. The new trail is a continuation and extension of the Marquette Greenway Trail, which is part of the Regional Trail System.

Cultural resources surveys included records checks, visual inspection, and photography. No archaeological sites were found during the records check and no additional archaeological work was recommended. A Historic Properties Report was prepared documenting the results of a survey which examined all buildings and structures within the APE. All buildings and structures 50 years of age or older were photographed, recorded on mapping, and evaluated for National Register of Historic Places eligibility. Twelve such properties were identified within the APE. No properties were recommended as eligible for the NRHP. The Section 106 process for this project is covered under the Minor Projects Programmatic Agreement (MPPA). INDOT Cultural Resources Section staff reviewed the data for the project and determined that the project fell under Category B-8. Under the MPPA, the project did not require further consultation. Because this project was subject to federal funding and approval, the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) of 1969 requires the evaluation of potential environmental impacts.

A Level 4 Categorical Exclusion Document (CE4) was prepared. It documented the engineering and design details of the project, evaluated environmental impacts, and developed environmental commitments. There were no significant negative social, environmental, or economic impacts expected based on the results of early coordination with federal, state, and local agencies, the field surveys that have been completed, the impact analysis detailed within the CE4, and the project’s classification as a Categorical Exclusion 4. The document was reviewed and approved by INDOT and the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA).

 

US 22 and PA 36 Intersection Improvements, Blair County, Pennsylvania

Services Provided:

The project consists of the widening of the US 22 and PA 36 intersection to improve the turning radius in the southeast quadrant of the intersection.  The property in the southeast quadrant is a total take and required a Phase I Archaeological Survey. The Phase I Archaeological Study in the southeast quadrant included field investigations, shovel test pits, 1-meter x 1-meter test units, background research, and site identification in the affected areas.  ASC Group documented the structure in the southeast quadrant on a Pennsylvania Historic Resource Survey Form and evaluated the potential eligibility for listing in the National Register of Historic Places.

SR 422 and Ramona Road Intersection Improvements Project, Lebanon County, Pennsylvania

Services Provided

The proposed project is the widening of the intersection to add turning lanes on SR east and west bound, the removal of the access to Main Avenue from SR 422 east bound, the removal of access from Main Avenue to SR 422 west bound and the relocation of the Main Avenue and Ramona Road intersection to the south in Jackson Township, Lebanon County, Pennsylvania.  ASC conducted a wetlands investigation of the project area in accordance with Publication 325, Wetlands Resource Handbook.  ASC completed multiple Pennsylvania Historic Resource Survey Forms and evaluated the potential eligibility for listing in the National Register of Historic Places.  The Phase I Archaeological Study included field investigations, shovel test pits, back- ground research, and site identification in the affected areas.

 

Wilmore Borough Flood Control Project, Cambria County, Pennsylvania

Services Provided:

The project consists of the proposed construction of a levee system to protect Wilmore Borough from flooding of the North Branch Little Conemaugh River and the Little Conemaugh River. The initial phase of the project involved the completion of a geomorphology survey.  Based on those results, a Phase I Archaeological Survey in the project areas was needed. The Phase I Archaeological Survey consisted of a series of 1-meter x 1 -meter test units.  ASC Group documented the Phase I Archaeological Survey results on standardized forms and evaluated archaeological resources potential eligibility for listing in the National Register of Historic Places.

Archaeology Day

 

On Saturday, October 6th, Dr. Kevin Schwarz and Eric Aukeman talked with visitors to the Ohio History Connection for Archaeology Day.

ASC Group is now DBE certified in NY

ASC Group is now DBE certified in the state of New York for Environmental Services under the NYSUCP.

Contact David Klinge  for more information at dklinge@ascgroup.net