Admirals Pointe Bridge is Open!

The new and improved $2.5 million Admirals Pointe Bridge over Geist Reservoir is open and ready for business! The bridge replacement project, located over Geist Reservoir in Indianapolis, updated a high maintenance bridge with a more cost-efficient, two-span concrete structure which also improves boater access under the bridge while minimizing additional land acquisition needed to construct the project.  The construction of the new three-lane bridge included drainage improvements, concrete railings, and a new sidewalk on the west side of the bridge. The project was completed under a seven-month closure and re-opened to traffic on June 25th.

 United provided design, right-of-way acquisition, and construction inspection on Admirals Pointe Drive over Geist Reservoir. United’s design successfully maintained the existing road grade, decreased the number of spans from 12 spans at 26 feet to two spans at 107 feet, and improved boater access under the bridge — all while only requiring the purchase of an additional 0.002 acres of permanent right-of-way!

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Just in Time for Summer — Beware of the Cone Zones and Slow Down!

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. Unitedis 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.

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SR 11 at I-65 Interchange is Now Open!

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November 21, 2020 l UPDATED POST

Motorists traveling along the I-65 Southeast (SE) Corridor in Jackson County have a lot to be thankful for this year  — the SR 11 Interchange at I-65 Safety Improvements project opened on Saturday, November 21, ending a three-month closure just in time for Thanksgiving. 

Although not included in the original scope of the $143 million, Best Value Design Build I-65 SE project between the I-65 Exit 50 (US 50) and Exit 64 (SR 58), the SR 11 at I-65 Interchange put the finishing touches on the 14 miles of newly transformed roadway. The interchange was added to the I-65 SE contract after the project had already begun, resulting in a safer interchange that was more economical and completed in a shorter time frame by using the same contractor and contract that was already in place for the corridor improvement.

The newly reconfigured interchange provides much-needed safety enhancements by facilitating smoother traffic movements through the area. The interchange allows easy on/off access between I-65 and SR 11 through the use of a double roundabout configuration which is also known as a dog bone (see photo above).

INDOT posted a video to their YouTube channel which illustrates how to navigate the new interchange. Click to watch the video. 

ORIGINAL POST l September 8, 2020 l Seymour, IN

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

 

 

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!

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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?

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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

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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!

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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. 

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“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

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Heavy Haul Road Groundbreaking

Brian Dixon (Clark County Engineer); Jeff Miles (Ports of Indiana); Kathy Eaton-McKalip (INDOT); Mayor Mike Moore (City of Jeffersonville); Rob Waiz (Economic and Redevelopment Director, Jeffersonville), Rita Fleming (State Representative, District 71); and Jerry Acy (River Ridge Development Authority, Executive Director)

Nov. 1, 2019 | Jeffersonville, IN

During an official  groundbreaking ceremony, representatives from The Indiana Economic Development Corporation, Ports of Indiana, Kentuckiana Regional Planning and Development Agency, Clark County, Jeffersonville Redevelopment Commission, River Ridge Development Authority, and the Indiana Department of Transportation initiated the beginning of the next phase of a multi-million dollar road improvement project in Jeffersonville, IN — Heavy Haul Road Segment A.

The new road will provide connectivity between River Ridge Commerce Center and the Ports of Indiana at Jeffersonville while accommodating heavy haul load specifications to the ever-growing commercial and industrial expansion in the area. United is serving as the project manager for this project.

Read INDOT’s press release.

Watch the groundbreaking ceremony as featured on WDRB News.

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SR 37 Corridor – Improvements are on the Horizon!

Sep. 9, 2019 | Hamilton County, IN

Congratulations to Hamilton County, the city of Fishers, the city of Noblesville, and the Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) on taking the next big step toward the expansion of economic growth through infrastructure improvements within the community!

Hamilton County officials commemorated the beginning of the $140 Million SR 37 Corridor Project with the ceremonious tossing of the dirt during a groundbreaking event on September 9th, kicking-off the official beginning to improvements along SR 37 from 126th Street to 146th Street. 

Corridor enhancements are anticipated to expedite travel times and provide a much safer route along SR 37.  This new project will alleviate congestion in the area and entice economic growth by attracting new businesses. 

The project is expected to be completed in four phases as indicated below, with construction ending in 2022. 

■ Phase 1 – 126th Street: complete Winter 2020

■ Phase II – 146th Street: begin Spring 2020, complete Winter 2021

■ Phase III – 131st and 135th Streets: begin Fall 2020, complete Fall/Winter 2021/22

■ Phase IV – 141st Street: begin Spring 2021, complete Fall/Winter 2021/22

United is proud to be a part of this corridor design including the 146th Street Interchange141st Street Interchange, and the 135th Street Connection.

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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
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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!

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Columbia City Groundbreaking Ceremony

Sep. 3, 2019 | Columbia City, IN

The city of Columbia City hosted a Groundbreaking Ceremony to kick-off the beginning of the Phase III CSO Mitigation Project. Funding mechanisms for the project include the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development, Indiana Office of Community & Rural Affairs (OCRA), and the Indiana Bond Bank.

United is serving as the design engineer and construction engineer for this project.

Pictured Left to Right: Chris Rowlett (United); Keith Bryant (United); Devon Kirk (RE Crosby); Mike Cook (Columbia City Wastewater Superintendent); Joseph Henderson (United); Mayor Ryan Daniel (Columbia City)

 

PROJECT DESCRIPTION: In order to reduce the impacts of Combined Sewer Overflow (CSO), the Federal Water Pollution Control Act requires Combined Sewer System (CSS) communities to develop a CSO Long-Term Control Plan (LTCP) for controlling CSO discharges.  As part of the City’s CSO LTCP, this project is anticipated to mitigate CSO discharges as required and approved by the Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM).

The project includes the following improvements:

  • Three combined sewer overflow (CSO) storage basins
  • One duplex lift station (3,000 gpm pumping capacity)
  • +/- 2,800 linear feet of 16-inch force main
  • +/- 20 linear feet of 8-inch gravity sanitary sewer
  • +/- 30 linear feet of 10-inch gravity sanitary sewer
  • +/- 175 linear feet of 12-inch sanitary sewer
  • +/- 100 linear feet of 15-inch gravity sewer
  • +/- 150 linear feet of 24-inch gravity sanitary sewer
  • +/- 50 linear feet of 36-inch gravity sanitary sewer
  • +/- 2,600 linear feet of 42-inch gravity sewer
  • +/- 1,400 linear feet of 60-inch gravity sanitary sewer
  • +/- 75 linear feet of 4-inch water main
  • +/- 1,000 linear feet of 6-inch water main
  • +/- 950 linear feet of 12-inch water main
  • Miscellaneous storm sewer replacement
  • Asphalt paving, sidewalk replacement, general restoration
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