The Wait is Over for The Central Avenue Bridge Restoration!

Details matter — it’s worth waiting to get it right.

Steve Jobs

co-founder, chief executive, and chairman, Apple Computer

EXISTING BRIDGE BEFORE TRANSFORMATION

BRIDGE RESTORATION PROCESS – START TO FINISH

After a tedious restoration process (two and a half years in the making) — The City of Indianapolis Department of Public Works (DPW) Central Avenue Bridge has been restored to its original natural beauty!  Residents and commuters in the area were excited for the much-anticipated opening. On his 73rd birthday, Joe Battista who is a long-time neighborhood resident was the first to drive across the newly opened bridge with his arms wide spread as he exclaimed, “This is my bridge!”  

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. Unassembled, the bridge revealed a total of over 2,000 blocks, varying in size and weight from 60 pounds to three and a half tons. For the blocks of stone that had surrendered to the test of time, replacement stones were special ordered from a quarry in Ohio, each one approved to match its original counterpart.

When the project first began, the structure served as a one-way south facility carrying an ADT (Average Daily Traffic) of 25,0000 vehicles. The newly restored structure was built to  accommodate two-way traffic and for the first time, northbound travelers will be able to use the bridge due to the City’s reconfiguration of the surrounding streets.

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. 

United Consulting provided construction inspection services for this project and is proud to have been an integral part of the dramatic transformation of such a magnificent and historically significant bridge!

Check Out the New Dwight D. Eisenhower Veterans’ Bridge!

The Dwight D. Eisenhower Veterans’ Bridge (Madison County Bridge No. 502) is open and ready for business! An official ribbon cutting ceremony which included governmental officials from the County and State level as well as veterans who helped cut the ribbon and a veteran speaker celebrated the new bridge and its many additional functional and aesthetic enhancements.

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 U.S. Department of Transportation selected this project in 2016 as one of 40 approved projects out of 585 submitted projects, as a recipient of funds through the highly competitive Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) Grant Funding Program. The approximate total project cost was $18 million, of which $13.5 million was funded through the Tiger Grant Program.

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.

United provided construction inspection services for the bridge and installed a a project camera with 24-hour access to real-time progress updates showing the transformation of the area from start to finish.

10th Street End of Construction Celebration

That feeling you get when construction on 10th Street is finally over! #NoMoreOrangeCones #onlyINjeff

Posted by Jeffersonville Indiana on Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Video from the city of Jeffersonville FaceBook Page –
https://www.facebook.com/jeffersonville.indiana/  

City of Jeffersonville, IN / June 11, 2019 / 10th Street End of Construction Ceremony

With the ceremonious tossing of the last construction barrel into the dumpster, city of Jeffersonville Mayor Mike Moore officially declared the year and a half-long 10th Street reconstruction project complete. The city of Jeffersonville hosted an End of Construction Ceremony to celebrate the disappearance of the orange cone zone — initiating the beginning of enhanced traffic flow and new benefits to the community.

Highlights of the 10th Street project included:

  • Roadway replacement and widening of 10th Street from Penn Street to Reeds Lane (1.4 miles)
  • Pedestrian improvements with ADA compliant crossings and the addition of two miles of newly created sidewalk for improved pedestrian travel
  • Traffic signal upgrades at four intersections
  • Improved visibility at night through new decorative street lighting along both sides of project
  • New sanitary sewer throughout the project limits
  • Stormwater drainage improvements (nearly 3.0 miles)
  • Construction cost: $13,500,000

The project utilized TIF funds and United provided construction inspection services and land acquisition for the project.

Town of Avon Groundbreaking – Two Projects

Left to Right:  Bill Hall (United), Chris Miller (United), Marcus Turner (Avon Town Council President), Tom Klein (Avon Town Manager), Dawn Lowden (Avon Town Council), Gerald Glover (Avon Street Superintendent), Steve Eisenbarth (Avon Town Council), Greg Zusan (Avon Town Council), Ryan Cannon (Avon Department of Public Works Director)

Town of Avon, IN / May 23, 2019 / Intersection Improvement at CR 150 S and Avon Avenue Groundbreaking / CR 200 N Project Groundbreaking

Amid sunny skies and warm temperatures, the town of Avon hosted Groundbreaking Ceremonies to kick-off two improvement projects for which United will provide construction inspection services.

  • The intersection improvement project at CR 150 S and Avenue Avenue will begin construction on May 31st and is slated as a fast-track project to be completed by July 31st in time for the start of the 2020 school year.

  • The CR 200 N Project which includes the corridor between Ronald Reagan Parkway and Dan Jones Road, will begin construction on June 3rd and will be substantially complete by Thanksgiving.

Spring Street Groundbreaking

Left to Right: Brian Miller (United), Mike Jennings (United), Robert Stein (United), Chad Reischl (Long Range Planner, Jeffersonville), Steve Jones (United), Mayor Mike Moore (Jeffersonville), Dustin White (City Council, Jeffersonville), Nathan Pruitt (Director of Planning & Zoning, Jeffersonville)

 Jeffersonville, IN / April 23, 2019 / Spring Street Corridor – Claysburg Segment

The city of Jeffersonville hosted an official Groundbreaking Ceremony to kick-off the much anticipated improvements to the Spring Street Corridor. Project planning has been ongoing since 2017 when United prepared the Engineer’s Report, detailing the design elements, construction costs, and schedules for multiple roadway segments extending from Riverside Drive to Dutch Lane.

The new enhancements will be consistent with the recent improvements to the Downtown area and will provide congruency between the two neighborhoods. Residents in the Claysburg community are excited for safer pedestrian access along the busy corridor which will include new sidewalks and lighting.

United prepared supplemental topographic ground survey, design plans, and bid documents for the Claysburg Segment which will is the first of four to be constructed. United’s involvement with this segment will continue through the construction inspection phase.

Click to view WDRB News coverage and video.  

Monon Trail over SR 32 Groundbreaking

 

With shovels in hand and smiling faces, the city of Westfield elected officials and local dignitaries braved the cold to officially initiate the beginning of the Monon Trail over SR 32 Project during a Groundbreaking Ceremony on November 13th. The project is located along the west side of Wheeler Road at State Road 32 and promises to significantly improve safety for both trail users and motorists along SR 32 and along the Monon Trail.

The project limits fall within the main north/south trail route that provides connectivity between downtown Westfield, the Grand Junction, and Grand Park. The bridge was designed by United Consulting to consistently maintain the aesthetic value and match the appearance of the two neighboring Monon Trail bridges located over Carmel Drive and 146th Street.

Upon completion of this SR 32 project, the main span for the new structure will be 176 feet long. That’s over twice the length of the Monon over Carmel Drive Bridge and one and a half times longer than 146th Street crossing!

Click here to view the project’s press release on the city of Westfield’s website.