I80/94 at I-65 Construction Complete

The final construction barrels have been removed from the I-80/94 Interchange at I-65.  United started design in 2003 making this project completion eagerly anticipated.  Construction was completed in three contracts starting in 2006.   The interchange is the keystone between the added travel lane projects on I-80/94 (or Borman Expressway) to the west and I-65 to the south.  When the design began, the Borman Expressway had the heaviest truck traffic in the United States.  Now, traffic-goers can get to their destinations safer and quicker with the new and improved design.

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5-4-3-2-1 Blastoff!

It was October 7, 2011 and the big day was finally here, United Rocket Day! United staff had been counting down the days leading up to the big launch at the German Church and East 30th Street Park. From the experienced to the novice rocket launcher, employees made rockets in hopes they’d shoot to the stars (well, at least make it off of the ground). The rockets ranged from 12 inches to six feet in height and were decorated in bright colors, feathers and one even contained a Lego astronaut who made the flight. Two of the rockets had cameras affixed to the shell which provided a unique perspective from the view in the sky. Other than one rocket casualty that blew away, the day was fun for launchers and spectators alike.

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US 231 Open to Traffic

Governor Mitch Daniels cut the ribbon on the US 231 corridor and opened the roadway to traffic in 2011.   United Consulting is proud to be a part of the Major Moves project which was developed to encourage economic growth in southwest Indiana.  United’s portion of the corridor was a new terrain roadway bordering Lincoln State Park which included a bridge spanning a railroad and new diamond interchange at US 231 and SR 162.

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Pigeon Creek Greenway

The Pigeon Creek Greenway Passage – Industrial Corridor Phase 5 Ribbon Cutting & Dedication Ceremony took place Monday, October 18, 2010 in the City of Evansville. United completed the construction inspection for this 10 foot wide, 0.81 mile long section of bike and pedestrian trail. The construction also included 3,000 feet of levee wall and over 300 feet of mechanically stabilized earth wall. The landscaping will include over 100 trees, 1,600 wetland plants and 150 flowers and shrubs

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United Hosts NHI Training

United recently hosted a National Highway Institute (NHI) training class from August 16 – 27. United employees, Chris Dyer, Joe Rupp and Chris Wheeler, along with 16 other professionals attended the Safety Inspection of In-Service Bridges course that was held in the back conference room.

The NHI was established in 1970 by the U.S. Congress and is a part of the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA). The purpose of the NHI is to offer transportation related training to State DOTs, LTAP and TTAP centers, universities, local municipalities and governments, planning groups, and consulting firms. The NHI trains by means of instructor-led, classroom-based, Web-based, Video and Web-conferencing training.

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A Job Well Done

Admiration and respect were common shared sentiments during Kent Downey’s retirement celebration, December 17, 2009.  To start off the festivities, Steve Jones made a trip down memory lane with the numerous accomplishments and milestones Kent had made during his professional career at United over the past 35 years.

Kent’s wife, Kathy along with their daughter, Karry, her husband, Zack and their two children, Lily (Age 2) and Kayla (32 days old) came to help celebrate Kent’s outstanding career.  Kent’s son, Kevin, his wife, Lisa, and brand new baby boy, Shane (30 days old), also came in for a much appreciated surprise visit from Chicago.

Kent, thank you for everything you’ve done for United.  We wish you and your family all the best!

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Monon Bridge Dedication

The Monon Bridge Ribbon Cutting & Dedication Ceremony was held on July 1 in the plaza underneath the new bridge on Carmel Drive. Speakers for the event included Mayor Jim Brainard, Carmel City Councilmen Ron Carter and Eric Seidensticker, and UNITED’S Dave Richter. The $3.5 million bridge includes a steel bowstring truss and was built to ensure the safety of Monon users. The bridge also has LED lights that can be used to celebrate holidays with a variety of colors.

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CNN visits United Consulting

In the early afternoon on February 5, looks of confusion were on employees faces, as a CNN film crew set up to shoot in the UNITED Bridge Team 2 area. Why would CNN be at UNITED? As it turns out, John King, the anchor of State of the Union on CNN, had interviewed Carmel Mayor, Jim Brainard, on how the stimulus plan could create much needed jobs for Hoosiers.

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