Worth the Wait!

Community Health Network Leaders, Mayor Greg Ballard, and East Side Community Leaders

Community Health Network Leaders, Mayor Greg Ballard, and Neighborhood Leaders

The Emerson Avenue Corridor Gateway Project, eight years in the making, was officially opened for business during a ribbon cutting ceremony on Wednesday, May 20. The $2.1 million investment brought together the City of Indianapolis, the State of Indiana, Community Health Network, and several neighborhood committees: all working towards a common goal to significantly improve Emerson Avenue between 16th Street and 21st Street.

The project began as a pavement rehabilitation project and blossomed into a streetscape enhancement and beautification project that created a gateway into the community. Rundell Ernstberger Associates, a landscape architectural firm, provided design services for the corridor and United Consulting provided construction inspection services.

The facelift for this section of Emerson Avenue included improved medians with new plantings and irrigation, upgraded signals at 16th and 21st Streets, and a new signal at 19th Street. Decorative inlay crosswalks were incorporated into all intersections, pavement rehabilitation from 16th Street to 21st Street, and a new six-foot sidewalk along the west side of Emerson Avenue were also included in the gateway project.

Statistically speaking, the Emerson Avenue Corridor Gateway Project included:

  •  41 New Concrete Drive Approaches
  • Four Lighted Limestone Neighborhood Gateway Markers
  • 20,000 Square Feet of Mulched Landscaping Beds
  • 33 trees, 576 shrubs, and 5,456 perennial plants and flowers
  • 1,200 Square Yards of Sod
  • 8,000 Square Feet of Decorative Brick Pavers
Lighted Neighborhood Gateway Markers

Lighted Limestone Neighborhood Gateway Markers


Major Moves 2020 . . . Let the Construction Begin!



Pictured Left to Right: CJ Potts, Milestone Contractors, L.P. (President); State Representative Ed Soliday; Governor Mike Pence; State Representative Woody Burton; and Greenwood Deputy Mayor Terry McLaugh


It would take more than rain to put a damper on the scheduled festivities for the Groundbreaking Ceremony commemorating the kick-off of Major Moves 2020. Governor Mike Pence was joined by Milestone Contractors in the Greenwood City Center on March 10 to initiate the official start of construction activities for the first Major Moves 2020 project.

The project involves the complete reconstruction of northbound & southbound I-65 from Southport Road to Main Street. It also includes rehabilitation of the Stop 11 Bridge over I-65 and the Emerson Avenue Bridge over I-65. The Major Moves 2020 program is Governor Pence’s plan to improve and expand sections of four-lane interstates in Indiana.

United Consulting worked with INDOT to deliver the design for this project on an accelerated schedule. Construction is scheduled to be complete by the end of 2015.









It’s Official – Eight Consecutive Years and Counting!

United Consulting EmployeesUnited’s employees have spoken, and once again, United Consulting was selected as a Best Place To Work in Indiana!  The Best Places to Work in Indiana is an annual competition hosted by the Indiana Chamber of Commerce, in an effort to recognize outstanding companies that foster and promote a positive employee culture which is evident through the company’s appreciation and value shown toward each employee.

The competition is based primarily on employee input through an anonymous survey process and is celebrating its 10th year.  United Consulting has participated in the past eight years and been selected every year the firm has applied.

According to the Indiana Chamber of Commerce website, this year’s competition experienced a “record-breaking number of applicants – approaching 200”.

On The Road Again

Jackie W. and Chris P.

Jack Waldroup, United Business Development & Chris Pope, United Vice President              


Mark your calendars and visit United Consulting at the upcoming Annual Purdue Road School in West Lafayette as the event celebrates its 101st year!  Conference attendees will have the opportunity to stop by our booth on Tuesday, March 10, in the Purdue Memorial Union North and South Ballrooms Exhibit Hall.

For the early-birds, our booth will be up and running during the Networking and Coffee Reception from 7:00 am to 8:45 am. For the not-so-early risers, our booth will also be staffed and ready for some friendly banter and serious business discussions during the Exhibitor Luncheon from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm.

United will also be hosting our traditional Hospitality Suite for friends and clients at the Four Points by Sheraton on Tuesday, March 10.


And The Winner Is . . .

US 31 Kern Road- Southbend

United Consulting brought home an Outstanding Concrete Achievement Award in the category of Infrastructure; Bridges over 10,000 CYS from the 2015 Indiana Ready Mixed Concrete Association’s Awards Banquet, hosted on January 27th.

The award winning bridge, US 31 over Kern Road, was an INDOT project designed by United Consulting and constructed by Rieth-Riley. The concrete was supplied by Ozinga Ready Mix and the Thermal Control Plan was provided by CTL Group.

The project was designed and constructed as part of the US 31 Major Moves project which upgraded US 31 to interstate standards between Plymouth and South Bend.  The US 31 and Kern Road Interchange was designed as a single-point interchange to improve traffic flow by routing the ramp usage through a single signal location to minimize disruption to the traffic flow on Kern Road.

As part of a the larger realignment of US 31 from Plymouth to South Bend, the US 31 over Kern Road bridge site required a unique solution to accommodate the skewed interchange and tight grade restraints. Geometric limitations, ramp alignments, and restrictive grades on US 31 and Kern Road prohibited the use of a more traditional bridge design.  A post-tension straddle bent was necessary to support the superstructure over the ramp configuration below the bridge. The superstructure was designed and constructed with the beams integral with the pier cap. Post-tensioning tendons were run through the pier cap and steel beams to provide the capacity necessary to carry the traffic on the US 31 bridge.