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Best Places to Work in Indiana 2023!

Best Places to Work in Indiana 2023!

United’s people are our power. We are honored to be recognized as a 2023 Best Places to Work in Indiana (BPTWI) awardee by the Indiana Chamber of Commerce. United has been voted to Best Places to Work in Indiana 13 times, entering into the BPTWI Hall of Fame in 2014.

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Beech Grove Franciscan Greenway Trail – PHASE I

Beech Grove Franciscan Greenway Trail – PHASE I

The city of Beech Grove residents can now enjoy increased community connectivity through a fun and safe trail uniting schools, parks, and businesses throughout central Beech Grove! 

United completed Phase I of the Franciscan Trail, a 12-foot-wide, shared-use, asphalt pathway spanning  2.2 miles in length, beginning west of Churchman Avenue on Main Street and extending to Emerson Avenue and Hornet Avenue. 

Constructed using an HMA for sidewalk typical sections composed of 3.5 inches of HMA on six inches of compacted aggregate on Type 3 subgrade treatment, the majority of the trail follows along Lick Creek and also incorporates ADA compliant ramps and trail entrances. 

Four bridges were also included as part of the Franciscan Trail – Phase I project: three structures crossing Lick Creek and one structure crossing Beech Creek near the eastern construction limits.

United provided construction inspection services for this $3.5 million greenway trail. A key component which contributed to the trail’s success was United’s effective communication and coordination of construction activities  with the multiple property owners along the path.

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DPW Safe Routes to Transit North

DPW Safe Routes to Transit North

United worked with Calumet Civil Contractors, Inc. to successfully complete the $4.8 million Safe Routes to Transit North project for the City of Indianapolis Department of Public Works (DPW) — all while saving the City approximately $200,000 and finishing ahead of schedule!

The project’s goal was to increase public access and safety to the Red Line bus route, encompassing a six-mile area from 25th Street to 66th Street and including over 30 neighborhoods east and west of College Avenue.

The Safe Routes to Transit project replaced 301 ramps at 89 intersections and added a bike lane with island planters that travels past the Ivy Tech campus on Illinois from Fall Creek to 27th Street. United provided construction inspection services.

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The City of Jeffersonville – Big Four Ramp Lighting

The City of Jeffersonville – Big Four Ramp Lighting

The City of Jeffersonville – Big Four Ramp Lighting

Client

City of Jeffersonville

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Project Description:  The City of Jeffersonville celebrated the long anticipated opening of the Big Four Ramp Project, with the completion of the handrail lighting in May, 2014.  The Big Four Bridge over the Ohio River connects the two great river cities of Jeffersonville, Indiana and Louisville, Kentucky.  The former Big Four Railroad Bridge is now being utilized as a pedestrian bridge connecting both sides of the river to walkways, parks, and recreation areas.

As pedestrians exit the bridge and journey down the gently sloping, curved ramp to Jeffersonville, they will be greeted by the Big Four Station Park, currently under construction.  The ramp further directs visitors across Pearl Street toward the many shops and restaurants of Spring Street and Riverfront Drive.  Several thousand bikers, runners, and walkers cross the bridge every day.  The City of Jeffersonville looks forward to the Big Four Bridge becoming a travel destination spot, and eagerly anticipates the enormous economic impact the city will gain as well as the recreation it will provide to residents.

The lighting project was a great success as it provides a low key and beautiful ribbon of light for visitors that descend the new pathway into Jeffersonville, Indiana.

United Consulting managed the construction inspection for the installation of the Lighting Enhancement Contract.  The project included installing maintenance lighting and conduit inside the steel box girders of the ramp as well as accent lighting on the ramp piers.  The main component of the project was the installation of custom manufactured LED lighted aluminum handrail, attached to the ramp railing and stairway tower.  To make it all work, the contractor installed 2,680 linear feet of LED lighted handrail, two miles of conduit, and 8.6 miles of wire.

Approximate Project Cost:  $1,100,000

Breadth of Services Provided:  Construction Inspection

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City of Huntington Signals

City of Huntington Signals

City of Huntington Signals

Client

INDOT Fort Wayne District

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Project Description: Six locations along state routes within the city of Huntington were found to have sub-standard traffic signal equipment along with one location in Bluffton. Each intersection required new standard traffic signal equipment to be installed. Recent paving projects through the project intersections resulted in a desire to maintain the integrity of the new pavement. United suggested the use of wireless vehicular detection at each intersection within the city of Huntington to meet the client’s expectations. Through close coordination with a local Indiana supplier, United provided the wireless design, complete with interconnection between the intersections.

Approximate Project Cost: $1.0 million

Breadth of Services United Provided:  Survey, RW Verification, Environmental, Signal Design, Utility Coordination

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191st Street Corridor Study

191st Street Corridor Study

191st Street Corridor Study

Client

Indianapolis MPO City of Westfield

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Project Description: The Indianapolis MPO, in partnership with the city of Westfield, commissioned United to analyze 193rd/191st Street from Eagletown Road to Moontown Road. This multi-discipline study required a holistic look at the 193rd/191st Street Corridor over a 20-year study period. The goal of the study was to assess the future traffic needs of the corridor segments and intersections and develop a programming schedule to provide guidance in planning for future improvements.

After reviewing available planning documents and traffic data, Heather was able to develop a multi-step plan for addressing current and future development along the corridor. This plan incorporated both traditional traffic volume growth through the use of a yearly growth rate, and the use of estimated future generated trips resulting from future development. Utilizing the future traffic data along each segment and at each intersection, Heather completed an operation analysis of each study intersection to determine the appropriate future improvements needed. Cost estimates were prepared for each recommended improvement and a schedule or program of future improvements was created to aid the City in planning enhancements along the corridor.

Approximate Project Cost: United Fee $100k, planning study, no construction cost

Breadth of Services United provided: Corridor Planning, ITE Trip Generation, Traffic Forecasting, Traffic Operational Analysis

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Peru, Wabash, Churubusco, & Nappanee Signal Modernization

Peru, Wabash, Churubusco, & Nappanee Signal Modernization

Peru, Wabash, Churubusco, & Nappanee Signal Modernization

Client

INDOT Fort Wayne District

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Project Description: United’s Traffic Engineering team tackled this large bundle with intersections at four separate locations. Through coordination with INDOT Central Office ADA reviewers, District Traffic Engineers, and District Construction Engineers, United successfully completed the ADA curb ramp design without the need for a technical inquiry, keeping the project on schedule. Traffic Engineer’s proactively coordinated with a concurrent preventative maintenance contract within the city of Wabash to develop a construction sequence which eliminated rework at the intersection corners caused by the overlap in project scope.

Approximate Project Cost: $3.5 million

Breadth of Services United provided: Survey, RW Verification, Environmental, Signal Design, Railroad Coordination, Utility Coordination

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Elkhart Signal Modernization

Elkhart Signal Modernization

Elkhart Signal Modernization

Client

INDOT Fort Wayne District

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Project Description: Truly an all-encompassing signal project, the modernization of seven signals within the city of Elkhart required the replacement of standard signal equipment, the design of nearly 20 curb ramps, and pre-emption phasing with an adjacent railroad crossing.  Although existing signal poles were utilized in many locations, a thorough utility coordination process was required to facilitate the installation of pedestrian push buttons and eliminate overhead utility crossings within the limits of the span and catenary.  Heather used a unique approach at the intersection of SR 19 and Main Street, where a dual-arm cantilever signal structure reduced the total number of signal pole foundations at the intersection.  This method also allowed the signal service to be located in a more convenient location on the north side of the intersection.

Approximate Project Cost: $1.1 million

Breadth of Services United provided: Survey, RW Verification, Environmental, Signal Design, Utility Coordination

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Warsaw Signal Modernization

Warsaw Signal Modernization

Warsaw Signal Modernization

Client

INDOT Fort Wayne District

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Project Description: In addition to the modernization of seven signals within the city of Warsaw, INDOT requested United’s expertise in designing the conversion of Hickory Street to a one-way facility.  Existing as a very distinct road within the city of Warsaw, Hickory Street, is a local, two-way facility, has a heavily used railroad located within the limits of the roadway.  

 
Services added to the contract included survey, right-of-way engineering, easement documentation, a Categorical Exclusion Level 4, additional utility coordination, and roadway design.  Through diligent coordination with various INDOT departments, the railroad, and the city of Warsaw, Heather delivered this complex project on the original letting schedule.
 

Approximate Project Cost: $1.45 million + $300k = $1.75 million (total both Des. No.)

Breadth of Services United provided: Survey, RW Verification, Environmental, Roadway Design, Signal Design, Utility Coordination

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SR 930

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SR 930

Client

INDOT Fort Wayne District

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Project Description: The added travel lanes project along SR 930 from Parnell Avenue to Crescent Avenue also resulted in the modification of four signalized intersections along the corridor.  The design speed of SR 930 required advance loop detection at the intersection of SR 930 & Anthony Blvd.; however, the close proximity of the bridge over the St. Joseph River required a more creative use of vehicle detection technologies.  To meet the client’s expectation of not altering the newly constructed bridge deck, Heather recommended the use of Microloop vehicle detection in the vicinity of the bridge.  The recommended detection technology allowed the required advance detection to be installed in advance of the signal while leaving the bridge deck untouched. 

Approximate Project Cost: $6.1 million

Breadth of Services United provided: Bridge Design, Sign Design, Signal Design, Lighting Design