Governor Pence Joins Local Officials for I-69 Major Moves 2020 Groundbreaking

I-69 Groundbreaking

Noblesville, IN (June 22, 2016) — Governor Mike Pence, Senator Jim Merritt (R-Indianapolis), Noblesville Mayor John Ditslear, Hamilton County Commissioner Mark Heirbrandt, INDOT Commissioner Brandye Hendrickson, other local leaders, and INDOT officials joined representatives from Milestone Contractors and United Consulting in an official groundbreaking ceremony for the $92 million I-69 Major Moves Expansion project in Hamilton and Madison Counties. The project includes reconstruction of the I-69 corridor beginning at 116th Street in Fishers and extending just north of SR 38 in Pendleton.

The I-69 expansion project qualifies for funding under the State’s Major Moves 2020 initiative and will be funded with INDOT dollars which have been set aside by the Indiana Legislation, earmarked for major interstate improvement projects. The existing four-lane interstate will be transformed into a six-lane typical section consisting of three lanes in each direction. The I-69 improvements project also includes a complete interchange modification at Exit 210 (Southeast Parkway and Campus Boulevard) which will result in a diverging-diamond Interchange.

United Consulting and Milestone Contractors, LP were selected as the Preferred Proposer for this Best-Value Design/Build project in October 2015. Initial construction work started with some mainline patching in April 2016 and the Exit 210 interchange modification began construction on July 5, 2016. The project schedule dictates the Exit 210 interchange modification to be completed by the end of June 2017, with the overall completion date for the project being set for Thanksgiving 2017.

The Major Moves 2020 initiative is the governor’s program to widen and rehabilitate heavily-traveled, four-lane interstates in Indiana which are approaching 50 years of service. Governor Pence has become widely known across the State for his Major Moves 2020 initiative which he sums up as, “This administration knows roads mean jobs.” The governor and his legislative agenda reinforce Indiana’s reputation for being the Cross Roads of America.

I-69 Groundbreaking- Bottom Strip

ACEC Indiana Representatives Visit Capitol Hill

FAST ACT

The Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act, signed into law on December 4, 2015, authorizes $305 billion to be spent over fiscal years 2016 through 2020 to maintain and improve Indiana’s roads and bridges.

Projects that qualify for the reserved funds include: highway, highway and motor vehicle safety, public transportation, motor carrier safety, hazardous material safety, rail, and research, technology, and statistics programs.

United Consulting’s Michael Rowe and other members of ACEC Indiana traveled to Washington, D.C. and visited Indiana’s Congressional Representatives and Senators to express their appreciation of the FAST Act five-year funding program and request a long-term solution to transportation funding for future infrastructure projects.

Midland Trace Trail over Anna Kendall Drain

United Consulting’s Annual Health and Fitness Day Walk took participating walkers down a familiar path which was designed and inspected by United — the Midland Trace Trail over Anna Kendall Drain.  This opportunity enabled United employees to experience, firsthand, the beauty and serenity of a trail project that many of them helped to create.

This city of Westfield trail project included 1,000 feet of trail construction, a 104-foot long steel truss, trail plaza at the junction of the Midland Trace and Monon Trails, retaining walls, and drainage structures.  The trail project provided a stream crossing for the Midland Trace Trail over Anna Kendall Drain and also provided access to the Monon Trail, extending the Monon Trail up to SR 32.

 

 

 

 

Mark C. Honeywell Swimming Pool

United’s Water and Wastewater Department provided engineering services for upgrades to the Mark C. Honeywell Swimming Pool in Wabash, Indiana.

Overall, the $2 million construction project included replacing the junior pool with a new zero-depth entry pool with spray features and constructing a new equipment building to serve the new zero-depth entry pool. Upgrades to the larger existing pool were also included in the project, bringing both pools up to code and making them ADA compliant.

New features of the Mark C. Honeywell Swimming Pool renovation included the installation of an ADA lift, ADA compliant stairs, stainless steel gutters with integral water supply, new concrete deck, floor drains, diving boards, structural repairs, and lifeguard chairs. In addition, the concrete deck and fencing around the pool area were replaced and the floors in the locker rooms were coated.

The original Honeywell Swimming Pool opened to the public on May 30, 1961.

 

Senate Bill 333 – Transportation Funding

Michael Testimony

Senate Bill 333 (SB 333) is a comprehensive transportation funding bill which provides an earmark to provide an additional $42 million from the Indiana regional cities development fund for the purpose of funding a third grant under the regional cities initiative.

United’s Transportation Manager, Michael Rowe, testified on behalf of the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) Indiana in support of a long-term funding solution for Indiana’s roads and bridges to the Road and Transportation Committee, chaired by Representative Ed Soliday. The hearing specifically addressed  SB 333 which supports a short-term increase in funding and is intended to provide an interim solution for the long-term road funding issue.

Properly maintained Indiana roads will reduce the overall cost of the roadway system and the vehicular costs to the roadway users. If passed, the bill will save money in the long run while improving the pavement and bridge conditions.

Funding Graph