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Signs of Construction: Rainfall Does Not Hinder Environmental Compliance

With all the rain this summer come many environmental challenges, especially storm water runoff.  But with proper planning, crews are able to follow environmental regulations to protect the land and bodies of water along the Aurora Line/I-225 Rail alignment.

Ben West, Kiewit Infrastructure Co.'s project environmental coordinator, has been in this business for six years, and has a passion for environmental excellence. He brings a lot of experience to the table and is constantly reminding the Kiewit team of the significance in following these specifications.

After every rain storm, West must perform a job-wide environmental inspection. Many times after heavy storms, our Best Management Practices (BMPs), which are various tools used to reduce pollution from construction activities, can get damaged. A couple of BMPs examples are Vehicle Tracking Control (VTC) and straw waddle/rock socks. VTCs provide construction site access, removing mud and dirt from tires before vehicles exit the site on to public roads. Straw waddle/rock socks remove sediment and other unwanted materials from runoff. You will see these along slopes, site perimeters and inlets throughout the Aurora Line/I-225 Rail project.

Environmental protection is vital to a project's success; it is something RTD and Kiewit do not take light-heartedly.

"Not only is it our ethical responsibility, but it's critical in order to set a good example for the community," said West.  

Straw waddle


Rock socks
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