Transportation Corridor – Ribbon Cutting

United Consulting congratulates the River Ridge Development Authority, INDOT, IEDC, the city of Jeffersonville, the Clark County Commissioners, and the Ports of Indiana on the successful completion of segment B of the Transportation Corridor Project within the River Ridge Commerce Center. A ribbon cutting ceremony was held December 1, 2016. This new facility provides a direct connection to the east end bridge and will usher new growth and opportunity to the region. The remaining segments of the Transportation Corridor Project include a new roadway from the Old Salem Road Interchange with SR 265 to the Ports of Indiana – Jeffersonville and plans for a railroad corridor from the River Ridge Commerce Center to the Ports of Indiana – Jeffersonville.

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Changing Delaware County History

Delaware County, IN (August 17, 2016) — The Delaware County Redevelopment Commission hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony to commemorate the first full-depth reclamation (FDR) project in the County’s history. The Industria Centre Industrial Park Road Repaving project utilized the FDR process which creates a new base for the construction of a new roadway through recycling and stabilizing existing asphalt.

The $1.9 million project features the reconstruction and widening of South Delaware Drive, West Mt. Pleasant Boulevard, and South Hamilton Avenue at the Industria Centre Industrial Park on Muncie’s south side.  Portions of Hoyt Avenue (from Fuson Road to Cornbread Road) and Tillotson Avenue (from Hoyt Avenue to 26th Street) were resurfaced and patched as part of the project scope.

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Muncie CSO-001 Sewer Separation Project

Muncie, IN (August 11, 2016) — The Muncie Sanitary District hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony for the Combined Sewer Overflow (CSO)-001 Sewer Separation project that provided many enhancements to the Historic Highland Park Neighborhood. The United Consulting, Rundell Ernstberger Associates, and Bowen Engineering team provided expertise and talent to create a functional and aesthetic project which included sustainable features such as a trailhead with parking; Cardinal Greenway connection; river access; and a stormwater wetland.

Overall Project Components:

  • 3,080 linear feet of 12-inch to 18-inch storm sewer
  • 12 storm manholes and 14 inlets and interconnecting piping to separate stormwater flow from sanitary flow and eliminate a combined sewer overflow (CSO-001)
  • 285 linear feet of eight-inch sanitary sewer
  • New stormwater wetland for detention/treatment of stormwater prior to discharging to the White River
  • New connector road (Seymour Street) to create loop between Ribble Avenue and Luick Avenue
  • New curb, sidewalk, and driveway aprons
  • New bus stop at Ribble Avenue and Burlington Avenue with historical sign
  • Milling and resurfacing of Ribble and Luick Avenues
  • Trailhead and non-motorized trail connection to the Cardinal Greenway
  • White River access trail
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Eagle Creek CSO Reduction – Ribbon Cutting

Indianapolis, IN (June 24, 2016) — Citizens Energy Group (CEG) hosted a ribbon cutting and dedication ceremony for the Eagle Creek Combined Sewer Overflow (CSO) Reduction project which was included as part of an agreement between CEG, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and the Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM). The agreement, referred to as the CSO Consent Decree, includes the execution of a Long Term Control Plan (LTCP) which is expected to minimize the overflow of raw sewage from combined sewers into local waterways.

CEG DOWNLOAD BUTTONUnited Consulting served as the design engineer for the Eagle Creek CSO Reduction Project.   United was responsible for the design of consolidation sewers, diversion structures, drop shaft connections to the deep tunnel, screen and gate structures, and system controls.  Ross Claypool Park improvements were also incorporated into the project, including a new basketball court, parking lot, and walking trail.

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The following story originally aired on WTHR Channel 13 news. It provides an overview of the Citizens Energy Group LTCP which is being executed to overcome the problem of excessive raw sewage flowing into local waterways.

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Governor Pence Joins Local Officials for I-69 Major Moves 2020 Groundbreaking

Noblesville, IN (June 22, 2016) — Governor Mike Pence, Senator Jim Merritt (R-Indianapolis), Noblesville Mayor John Ditslear, Hamilton County Commissioner Mark Heirbrandt, INDOT Commissioner Brandye Hendrickson, other local leaders, and INDOT officials joined representatives from Milestone Contractors and United Consulting in an official groundbreaking ceremony for the $92 million I-69 Major Moves Expansion project in Hamilton and Madison Counties. The project includes reconstruction of the I-69 corridor beginning at 116th Street in Fishers and extending just north of SR 38 in Pendleton.

The I-69 expansion project qualifies for funding under the State’s Major Moves 2020 initiative and will be funded with INDOT dollars which have been set aside by the Indiana Legislation, earmarked for major interstate improvement projects. The existing four-lane interstate will be transformed into a six-lane typical section consisting of three lanes in each direction. The I-69 improvements project also includes a complete interchange modification at Exit 210 (Southeast Parkway and Campus Boulevard) which will result in a diverging-diamond Interchange.

United Consulting and Milestone Contractors, LP were selected as the Preferred Proposer for this Best-Value Design/Build project in October 2015. Initial construction work started with some mainline patching in April 2016 and the Exit 210 interchange modification began construction on July 5, 2016. The project schedule dictates the Exit 210 interchange modification to be completed by the end of June 2017, with the overall completion date for the project being set for Thanksgiving 2017.

The Major Moves 2020 initiative is the governor’s program to widen and rehabilitate heavily-traveled, four-lane interstates in Indiana which are approaching 50 years of service. Governor Pence has become widely known across the State for his Major Moves 2020 initiative which he sums up as, “This administration knows roads mean jobs.” The governor and his legislative agenda reinforce Indiana’s reputation for being the Cross Roads of America.

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ACEC Indiana Representatives Visit Capitol Hill

The Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act, signed into law on December 4, 2015, authorizes $305 billion to be spent over fiscal years 2016 through 2020 to maintain and improve Indiana’s roads and bridges.

Projects that qualify for the reserved funds include: highway, highway and motor vehicle safety, public transportation, motor carrier safety, hazardous material safety, rail, and research, technology, and statistics programs.

United Consulting’s Michael Rowe and other members of ACEC Indiana traveled to Washington, D.C. and visited Indiana’s Congressional Representatives and Senators to express their appreciation of the FAST Act five-year funding program and request a long-term solution to transportation funding for future infrastructure projects.

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Midland Trace Trail over Anna Kendall Drain

United Consulting’s Annual Health and Fitness Day Walk took participating walkers down a familiar path which was designed and inspected by United — the Midland Trace Trail over Anna Kendall Drain.  This opportunity enabled United employees to experience, firsthand, the beauty and serenity of a trail project that many of them helped to create.

This city of Westfield trail project included 1,000 feet of trail construction, a 104-foot long steel truss, trail plaza at the junction of the Midland Trace and Monon Trails, retaining walls, and drainage structures.  The trail project provided a stream crossing for the Midland Trace Trail over Anna Kendall Drain and also provided access to the Monon Trail, extending the Monon Trail up to SR 32.

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Mark C. Honeywell Swimming Pool

United’s Water and Wastewater Department provided engineering services for upgrades to the Mark C. Honeywell Swimming Pool in Wabash, Indiana.

Overall, the $2 million construction project included replacing the junior pool with a new zero-depth entry pool with spray features and constructing a new equipment building to serve the new zero-depth entry pool. Upgrades to the larger existing pool were also included in the project, bringing both pools up to code and making them ADA compliant.

New features of the Mark C. Honeywell Swimming Pool renovation included the installation of an ADA lift, ADA compliant stairs, stainless steel gutters with integral water supply, new concrete deck, floor drains, diving boards, structural repairs, and lifeguard chairs. In addition, the concrete deck and fencing around the pool area were replaced and the floors in the locker rooms were coated.

The original Honeywell Swimming Pool opened to the public on May 30, 1961.

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Senate Bill 333 – Transportation Funding

Senate Bill 333 (SB 333) is a comprehensive transportation funding bill which provides an earmark to provide an additional $42 million from the Indiana regional cities development fund for the purpose of funding a third grant under the regional cities initiative.

United’s Transportation Manager, Michael Rowe, testified on behalf of the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) Indiana in support of a long-term funding solution for Indiana’s roads and bridges to the Road and Transportation Committee, chaired by Representative Ed Soliday. The hearing specifically addressed  SB 333 which supports a short-term increase in funding and is intended to provide an interim solution for the long-term road funding issue.

Properly maintained Indiana roads will reduce the overall cost of the roadway system and the vehicular costs to the roadway users. If passed, the bill will save money in the long run while improving the pavement and bridge conditions.

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What a Difference a Year Makes!

City of Columbus Mayor Kristen Brown and City Engineer Elizabeth Fizel are joined by City Representatives, Contractors and United Representatives

Columbus, IN. (December 17, 2015) The City of Columbus hosted a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony to kick-off the official opening of a one-mile stretch of Indiana Avenue from Marr Road to State Street, completing a year-long project which began in January 2015.

The $6.2 Million project was funded through a federal/local partnership and included the installation of a new storm drainage system (from Clifty Creek to State Street), new cement stabilized / compacted aggregate road base, new curb and gutter, full depth HMA pavement, sidewalks / curb ramps (on both sides of the street) and new concrete drive approaches. The reconstructed roadway was redesigned as 11-foot travel lanes and five-foot bike lanes. A seven-foot parking-lane on both sides of the street was also included throughout the majority of the project.

The installation of retaining wall sections at the Cherry Street intersection and bio-swale areas on the east end of the project were also included. These “rain gardens” provide additional drainage while transforming this section of Indiana Avenue into an aesthetically pleasing streetscape through the use of new trees and numerous perennial plantings.

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