Indy Named Top 52 Places to Visit

Indianapolis was recently named to the New York Times’ list of 52 Places to Go in 2014.  The article features the Indianapolis Cultural Trail and its access and linkage to neighborhoods, cultural districts, and entertainment sites throughout the city. When this project was designed and built, it included the construction of new, shared paths and sidewalks that incorporated art into public spaces while emphasizing green and context sensitive design.  Every intersection required careful consideration between vehicular, pedestrian, and bicycle traffic. United’s role in this project included the design of detailed signing and marking plans, grading plans that included over 13,000 individual spot elevations and drainage design that included heavy usage of storm water planters to help reduce runoff into the City’s combined sewer system. In 2012, the United Consulting/Rundell Ernstberger Associates team was awarded the Indianapolis Chamber of Commerce’s highest honor of the Monumental Award for the Indianapolis Cultural Trail.

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I-65/I-70 South Split Construction on Virginia Avenue Bridge

On October 5th, grouting operations proceeded on the Virginia Avenue over NB I-65 bridge.  The coping beam which was struck and damaged in February 2013 was replaced without removal of the existing deck.  Once the new girder was in place, crews injected grout in the void between the deck and the girder to make the system composite.  This operation will also take place on the Virginia Avenue over SB I-65 bridge.  Both operations are part of the overall I-65/I-70 South Split project.

The I-65/I-70 South Split project will reconstruct and lower one-half mile of pavement beneath seven bridges. The project is necessary to increase bridge clearances and reduce the potential for collisions from unpermitted and off-route trucks with oversize and unsecure loads. Repeated bridge strikes from these trucks continue to pose a safety concern.

The bridges at Virginia, Fletcher, Calvary and Morris have vertical clearances ranging from 13 feet 11 inches to 14 feet 6 inches. This project will increase the vertical clearance of each structure to at least 14 feet 9 inches by reconstructing and lowering the pavement. The new pavement will be built of continuously reinforced concrete, which is held tightly together with reinforcing steel and does not require contraction joints. This pavement will withstand traffic loads and adverse environmental conditions, decrease maintenance and user delays, and remain in service well into the next generation.

United Consulting is providing survey, road design, bridge design, and construction inspection services on this project.Virgina Ave Grouting revsized

DeKalb County CR11-A Ribbon Cutting

Randy Deetz, Don Kaufman, Don Grogg, Chuck Ort, Jackie Rowan

DeKalb County Commissioners (L to R): Randy Deetz, Don Kaufman (Former Commissioner), Don Grogg, Chuck Ort (Former Commissioner), Jackie Rowan

On Monday, September 23rd, a ribbon cutting ceremony was held for the recently completed widening and resurfacing project on CR 11-A in DeKalb County.  Current and past DeKalb County Commissioners as well as representatives from other project-related entities were on-hand for the event.

The project was a joint effort between DeKalb County and the Indiana Department of Transportation. This was the final phase of a project that began with the widening and resurfacing of CR 11-A from I-69 to CR 427. With the completion of this final phase, residents and visitors to the area should experience less traffic congestion and must safer driving conditions.

United Consulting provided construction inspection services for this $2.5 million project.CR11A resized small

ACEC Indiana 2013 Engineering Excellence Award

United Consulting reACEC United_ Cultural Trail copyceived a Merit   Award for engineering excellence from the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) of Indiana. This award is made each year by ACEC Indiana to recognize an outstanding engineering achievement that demonstrates a high degree of merit and ingenuity.  The award was made in recognition of the Indianapolis Cultural Trail:  A Legacy of Gene & Marilyn Glick.

Construction Continues at the INDOT Operation Indy Commute Project

On February 8th, INDOT personnel oversaw the cold-weather bridge deck pour for this unique structure.  Milestone Contractors, L.P. began the pour for completion of the northbound State Road 37 over I-69 ramp bridge.  The 560 foot pour started at 8 am and continued throughout the day to complete the operation in 40 degree weather.  Once completed and open, this project is designed to drastically reduce congestion and increase travel speeds.  This project includes interchange modifications at 116th Street and SR37, ramp improvements at 116th Street, added travel lanes to I-69, added auxiliary lanes to I-69, collector/distributor improvements at SR37, and grade separations at 116th Street and SR 37 on the I-69 Corridor.

Monon Greenway over 146th Street Ribbon Cutting

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On Friday, May 24th, officials from Hamilton County, the City of Westfield, the City of Carmel, and United Consulting participated in a ribbon cutting event to celebrate the opening of the recently completed Monon Greenway Bridge over 146th Street.

The Monon Greenway serves pedestrians and non-motorized vehicles utilizing abandoned railroad roadbeds for recreational purposes.  The trail unites the Monon Trail between the cities of Carmel and Westfield.  The new bridge not only connects the Carmel and Westfield portion of the greenway but provides improved safety for users of the trail. 

United Consulting engineers designed the pedestrian bridge to resemble an older railroad structure that pays homage to the history of the Monon corridor.  Secondary access paths connect the pedestrians to the sidewalk facilities on 146th Street and sitting plazas on either side of 146th Street provide pedestrians an area to congregate before continuing to their destination.

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