The much anticipated I-465 westbound to I-65 southbound ramp, located on the southside of Indianapolis, re-opened as a spiffy, new, 11-span, concrete beam flyover bridge replacing the outdated, single-lane loop ramp. The two-year project was completed as part of INDOT’s Operation Indy Commute which is a highway improvement initiative consisting of an overall plan to alleviate recurring bottlenecks within the Indianapolis Metropolitan Area.
The new flyover bridge, designed by United Consulting, in collaboration with the added travel lanes on I-465 and I-65 project, increases the efficiency of traffic flow between the two interstates while providing added interstate capacity and safety for commuters.
Anyone who has ever traveled I-465 westbound to I-65 southbound in the past will be amazed by the sleek, new structure’s ability to accommodate the demands and challenges of heavy commuter traffic.
Brian Pierson, PE presents ADA guidelines during Purdue University’s Civil Engineering Professional Development Seminar (CEPDS) on November 20th
During Purdue University’s Civil Engineering Professional Development Seminar (CEPDS), Brian Pierson, PE, a Project Team Leader in United’s Transportation Department, presented guidelines for maintaining ADA access during construction. Brian served as the civil design manager for the Cultural Trail in downtown Indianapolis. He understands the importance of meeting all ADA requirements upon project completion and he also knows that maintenance of the existing accessible routes during construction translates into a successful project.
The MUTCD and Indiana Design Manual clearly establish the need for maintenance of traffic plans addressing all roadway users, including pedestrians with disabilities. Providing access during construction for the wide range of disabilities covered under these requirements can be daunting. However, with a good understanding of the laws, standards, and best practice guidelines established for this type of work, a designer can provide plans that adequately address the situation and provide the necessary accommodations. By determining the best route and using the appropriate signage and detectable barriers, the duration and extent of impacts to accessible travel paths can be minimized, if not, completely eliminated.
LEFT PHOTO: Presentation of the Colors RIGHT PHOTO: Front Row, Left to Right – Jerry Cook, Town Council; Keith Bryant, United Consulting; Dennis Schrumpf, Town Council President; Kay Hartley, Town Council; Jan Unger , Clerk Treasurer; Back Row – Members of the Cicero American Legion Color Guard
What more appropriate day than Veterans Day to host a dedication ceremony for the Town of Cicero Veterans Walkway? The ceremony was organized to dedicate the newly constructed Jackson Street Pedestrian Walkway across Morse Reservoir and officially name the structure, Town of Cicero Veterans Walkway, in honor of those who have served and are serving our Country.
The formal ceremony was performed in the Red Bridge Park Community Building, located on the west side of the walkway. It included the Presentation of Colors by members of the Cicero American Legion Color Guard, dedication remarks and speeches from Town Officials and United Consulting, a ribbon cutting, a blessing on the bridge, and refreshments.
The newly constructed walkway provides more accessibility and connectivity to the Town of Cicero while offering residents safe passage over Morse Reservoir. During the 4th of July weekend, the Town of Cicero’s Lights Over Morse Reservoir Festival kicked-off the opening of the much anticipated pedestrian walkway across Morse Reservoir with the Town’s fireworks celebration honoring Independence Day.
Pictured Left to Right – Rick Nobbe, Commissioner; Rich Richardson, Honda Manufacturing; Fred Payne, Honda Manufacturing; Mike Walker, Redevelopment Commission; Jerome Buening, Commissioner; John Richards, Commissioner
It’s official! The dust has settled, the ribbon cut, and Old US 421 over Clifty Creek is back in business! Decatur County Bridge No. 2, located one mile north of the Honda Plant in Greensburg, had been closed for the past four months. On Wednesday, November 5, a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony kicked-off the opening of the newly constructed bridge.
The project involved the removal and replacement of the original 80-year old bridge which suffered from advanced structural deterioration and scour problems at the foundations. The adjacent roadway was also reconstructed to meet Federal safety standards.
This important $1.5M infrastructure project was a collaborative effort among several entities including Decatur County Highway Department, Decatur County Redevelopment Commission, Indiana Department of Transportation, Honda Manufacturing of Indiana, Dave O’Mara Contracting, CHA, and United Consulting.
According to Kurt Courtney, PE, Construction Project Manager for United Consulting, “I couldn’t have asked for a better project team to make this project a great success for Decatur County. Dave O’Mara did a good job of getting the project done on time and at a cost below the bid cost. I would be glad to work with Dave O’Mara and Decatur County again.”
Governor Mike Pence provided the closing remarks at the US 31 Plymouth to South Bend Project Grand Opening Ceremony. Design development for the project began in 2007. The US 31 improvements are part of the State’s effort to improve the safety, travel time, and condition of the infrastructure for travel between Indianapolis and South Bend. This project is 21 miles long with 15 miles of new terrain alignment and four interchanges. Members of United’s design teams attended and witnessed the results of their efforts. Unique elements designed by United included a single point interchange at Kern Road with a bridge containing post-tensioned elements.
Pictured Back Row: Tim Coomes, Jon Clodfelter, Michael Rowe, Matt Taylor, Jeff Andrews, Andy Wolka. Front Row: Andrea Wagner, Governor Mike Pence, Beth Manns, Brian Frederick