The Wait is Over for The Central Avenue Bridge Restoration!

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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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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.

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10th Street End of Construction Celebration

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.

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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.

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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.  

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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. 

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IWEA 2018 Annual Conference Presentation

The 2018 IWEA (Indiana Water Environment Association) Annual Conference brought 73 technical presentations, 124 partnering vendors, and over 1,000 attendees to the Westin Hotel  in downtown Indianapolis, providing three days of opportunities for learning and networking.

United’s Water and Wastewater Department Manager, Keith Bryant, PE, was among the technical presenters as he co-presented a session with Nara Manor, Superintendent for the City of Anderson Water Pollution Control Facility, for the Greensbranch Sewer Rehabilitation Project.

In step with Developing the Next Generation, the theme for this year’s 81st annual conference, the presentation for the Greensbranch Sewer project was entitled Making an Old Sewer New AgainUnited’s involvement with the project included survey, replacement and rehabilitation alternative evaluation, design, bid phase assistance, public outreach and meetings, construction administration, and periodic construction inspection. Click for project details.

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UNITED HAS MOVED!

Since 1965, United Consulting has focused on building strong relationships and delivering quality professional services for communities all across Indiana.

On August 13, we moved our operations to a new office on the north side of Indianapolis.

Due to the continued growth within the company, it was necessary for us to relocate to an area that can grow and expand with our increased client needs. We look forward to providing the same great service to you from a new and upgraded office location.

Our new address is:

8440 Allison Pointe Blvd

Suite 200

Indianapolis, IN 46250

317.895.2585

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I-65 SE Indiana Groundbreaking

April 13th delivered clear, sunny skies and a perfect day for the I-65 SE Indiana Groundbreaking Ceremony. The ceremony, officiated by Governor Eric Holcomb and INDOT Commissioner Joe McGuinness, kicked-off the 2018 construction season. Among the dignitaries and businessmen, E&B Paving’s Little Jake was front and center with shovel in hand as the ceremonial dirt began to fly.

The I-65 SE Indiana project is a $143 million Best Value Design Build which reconstructs and adds a travel lane to the interstate from US 50 to SR 58.

The E&B Paving / United Team was selected as the Preferred Proposer last May 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 — one of which shortens the proposed project schedule by 44 days.

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