Discover the Dos & Don’ts of Detention With Eric Harned

Ever wonder about the fascinating world of detention and how it affects the overall transportation design of a project?

This year’s Annual Civil Engineering Professional Development Seminar (CEPDS) will be fully virtual beginning November 18th (Wednesday) through November 19th (Thursday) and United’s own Detention Design Guru Eric Harned, EI will be presenting on the Dos & Don’ts of Detention Design on Day 2 (Thursday) of the conference beginning at 10:55 am.

For more information: 35th Annual CEPDS Website

Download the full conference agenda : CEPDS Virtual Conference (November 18-19) Agenda

I-65 SE Corridor — Perfect Day for a Ribbon Cutting!

September 8, 2020 l Seymour, IN

INDOT Commissioner Joe McGuinness, local government officials, and E&B Paving Area Manager Spencer Coe hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony at the northbound weigh station near Seymour on Tuesday, September 8th to officially open the I-65 Southeast Indiana corridor between Seymour and Columbus. The project is substantially complete with the exception of the SR 11 Interchange which was added to the project scope after the project had already begun construction.

The $143 million, Best Value Design Build project between I-65 between Exit 50 (US 50) and Exit 64 (SR 58) transformed 14 miles of the original four-lane facility into a six-lane facility to improve travel and safety conditions for motorists. Seventeen bridges, eight twin bridges carrying mainline I-65 over rivers and creeks, two twin bridges over railroads, and seven bridge overpasses of I-65 were also included in the project.

The E&B Paving / United Team was selected as the Preferred Proposer in May 2017 after going through a rigorous submittal process and proposing a solid, well thought-out plan that exceeded INDOT’s scoring criteria, providing several added-value elements to the project scope.

Kudos to E&B Paving on your exceptional work in providing extra-smooth pavement for the project!

Congratulations United!

August 24, 2020 l UPDATE

On Monday, August 24th, The Indiana Chamber of Commerce revealed the rankings for the Best Places to Work in Indiana Companies for 2020.

United ranked 16 out of 40 companies included in the Medium Companies (75-249 U.S. employees) Company / Primary Indiana Location category.

Click to see the complete list of 2020 Best Places to Work in Indiana in order of rank.

May 4, 2020 l ORIGINAL POST

The Indiana Chamber of Commerce  (ICC) announced United Consulting has once again been selected as one of the Best Places to Work in Indiana (BPWI), placing in the Medium Companies (75-249 employees) category.  Selected companies will learn their specific placement ranking within their appropriate category during an awards dinner at the Indiana Convention Center in downtown Indianapolis, sponsored by Ivy Tech Community College on June 4th.

The BPWI is an annual competition hosted by the ICC, 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 results are determined based on anonymous surveys which are submitted directly to a third party survey company by employees. 

United has been selected as Best Places to Work in Indiana ten times and entered into the BPWI Hall of Fame in 2014. Hall of Fame companies are those that have been named a Best Place to Work in Indiana at least 60% of the time in the program’s history.

Michael Rowe Named ACEC President for 2020-2021

Congratulations to United’s  own Michael Rowe, PE on his recent achievement of being selected as the 2020-21 ACEC Indiana President!

Michael began participating in ACEC events and completed the ACEC Engineering Leadership Program in 2005-06.  He became active on ACEC INDOT committees starting in 2009 and joined the Board of Directors in 2014. 

“I am truly honored to be selected to serve as  the 2020-21 ACEC President. I have always been impressed with ACEC Indiana’s mission and effectiveness in safeguarding sound business practices for engineering companies. This accomplishment is especially significant to me personally and I am extremely proud to be following the top engineering professionals who have served as past ACEC Indiana presidents — including United Consulting’s Kent Downey and Bill Hall.”  

Michael Rowe, PE

The Monon Trail Over SR 32 Bridge is Open!

May 29, 2020 | Westfield, IN

With the simple snip of a ribbon, Westfield Mayor Andy Cook  joined the north and south sides of the city of Westfield through the official opening of the Monon Trail over SR 32 Bridge during a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony on Friday, May 29th.  During his opening remarks, the mayor recognized United Consulting’s innovative design that resulted in lower construction bids, ultimately saving the City $500,000 from the project’s allotted budget.  The cost savings provided enough funds to finance the installation of lighting across the bridge, improving the structure’s aesthetics and safety across the bridge.


■ The federal-aid bridge was designed and inspected by United to consistently maintain the aesthetic value and match the appearance of the two neighboring Monon Trail bridges located over Carmel Drive and 146th Street.

■ The structure is a seven-span bridge with a total length of 838 feet and a main span of 176 feet over SR 32.  The structure was sized to accommodate the future extension of Tournament Trail Drive.

■ Retaining walls were constructed on the approaches to keep the bridge within the existing right-of-way limits and reduce impacts to adjacent utilities.

■ The trail connects vital portions of Westfield including many shops and restaurants at SR 32 with Grand Park Sports Campus.

The Results Are In!

Five United Consulting projects earned awards in the 2020 ACEC Indiana Engineering Excellence Awards competition.


I-69 Major Moves 2020 Expansion Project / Milestone Contractors, L.P. / INDOT

The Design-Build Best Value contract to I-69 created an added travel lane in each direction to the median between State 37 Road (Exit 205) and State Road 38 (Exit 219) and a southbound lane along the shoulder between 116th Street and the new interchange at the 106th Street exit ramp.  The I-69 and Campus Parkway was converted from a traditional diamond to diverging diamond interchange.  The project widened and rehabilitated five twin bridges on I-69 and reconstructed three overpass bridges.

Central Avenue Bridge / City of Indianapolis DPW

The Central Avenue Bridge was restored to its original natural beauty and improved to accomodate two-way traffic for the first time ever. The original structure was built between 1897 to 1901. In order to maintain the bridge’s historic integrity, it was disassembled block by block and the sandstone pieces for the spandrel walls and railing were saved, cleaned, and re-set in the new structure. Other improvements included a new substructure, concrete arches, and a 10-foot wide sidewalk on the west side to provide safe travel for pedestrians. In the near future, lighting will be placed at the four corners of the bridge.


State Street Connection / Columbus, Indiana

The State Street Connection serves as an initiative to encourage economic growth and development within East Columbus by reconnecting it with Downtown Columbus.  The project created a wider side path along the north side of State Street from Central Avenue to Mapleton Street and also included significant architectural enhancements to the Haw Creek Bridge, the incorporation of new greenspaces, and the addition of sculptural elements along the path.  Consistent with the City’s branding scheme, the sculptural elements and crosswalks incorporate the Dancing Cs. A new gateway feature was constructed at the intersection of Central Avenue, delineating the entrance into East Columbus and providing an upgraded connection to the Columbus People Trail.

Dwight D. Eisenhower Veterans’ Bridge / Madison County, Indiana

The bridge carrying 8th Street over the White River in Anderson, Indiana has an ADT of nearly 15,000 vehicles per day and serves as a gateway into Downtown Anderson. The original ten-span, prestressed concrete, I-Beam bridge was replaced with a new six-span, prestressed concrete, U-Beam bridge which includes a composite concrete deck. The grade of the bridge was flattened from 6.6% to 4.9%. New sidewalks, ADA ramps, and LED lighting were added to each side of the bridge to promote safety for non-motorized users.

Dupont Road / Fort Wayne, Indiana

The Dupont Road project widened the facility from an existing two-lane road to a four-lane boulevard section between the limits of Lima Road and Coldwater Road. The widening project added a new enclosed storm sewer system, new traffic signals, and new lighting. This project also included a new grade separated crossing of the Pufferbelly Trail. Dupont Road was elevated above the trail and substantial decorative retaining walls were implemented.

Click To See Full Listing of 2020 ACEC Indiana Engineering Excellence Award Winners.