As the old saying goes, April showers bring May flowers; but, the month of May also brings construction cone zones and this year is no different. Below are a few exciting United projects beginning to take shape.
I-70 NORTH SPLIT
The I-65/I-70 North Split through Downtown Indianapolis is getting a major facelift which will improve saftey and facilitate enhanced traffic flow in the area. This project is the first major overhaul of the North Split interchange including bridges, ramps, and pavement since its original construction in 1968. The project is anticipated to be completed during an 18-month closure. United is part of the team providing construction inspection services.
For specific details and up-to-date information including access changes and alternate routes, visit: INDOT’s North Split Website.
146th STREET & SR 37 INTERSECTION
United designed this $30 million interchange project along SR 37 in Fishers as part of the corridor-wide modifications to improve traffic flow in Fishers, Noblesville, and Hamilton County. The project required that 146th Street remain open during construction, resulting in the use of cut walls along SR 37 and the design of a complicated traffic maintenance scheme. The lowering of SR 37 by approximately 30 feet below the existing 146th Street elevation required coordination of the drainage design with a separate drainage outlet constructed to the White River ahead of the interchange. The ramp termini for the permanent conditions were designed as well as for the temporary traffic flow conditions required during construction.
I-69 SECTION 6.5
United’s involvement with I-69 Section 6.5 initially began while working as part of a team of designers, tasked with delivering services for the I-69 Section 6.4. United designed the new I-69 mainline from just south of Fairview Road to just north of Stop 11 Road in Johnson and Marion Counties — a distance of just under 2.75 miles. A new interchange at County Line Road was also included as part of United’s portion of Section 6.4.
Section 6.4 was accelerated and inserted into the I-69 Section 6.5 Public Private Agreement (P3) project which ultimately completes the connection of I-69 to I-465.
United was called upon to complete 95% design for this $80 million piece in just 12 months. The inclusion of United’s portion of I-69 Section 6.4 provided an opportunity for the P3 contractor to begin work early while completing the design for the rest of the I-69 Section 6.5 project. The P3 project was awarded in late 2020 and construction is underway. The overall project is expected to be under construction for approximately four years, with the County Line Road interchange expected to be completed earlier.