Governor Mike Pence provided the closing remarks at the US 31 Plymouth to South Bend Project Grand Opening Ceremony. Design development for the project began in 2007. The US 31 improvements are part of the State’s effort to improve the safety, travel time, and condition of the infrastructure for travel between Indianapolis and South Bend. This project is 21 miles long with 15 miles of new terrain alignment and four interchanges. Members of United’s design teams attended and witnessed the results of their efforts. Unique elements designed by United included a single point interchange at Kern Road with a bridge containing post-tensioned elements.
Pictured Back Row: Tim Coomes, Jon Clodfelter, Michael Rowe, Matt Taylor, Jeff Andrews, Andy Wolka. Front Row: Andrea Wagner, Governor Mike Pence, Beth Manns, Brian Frederick
The Indiana Chamber of Commerce(ICC) announced United Consulting has once again been selected as one of the Best Places to Work in Indiana (BPWI), placing in the Medium Companies (75-249 employees) category.Selected companies will learn their specific placement ranking within their appropriate category during an awards dinner at the Indiana Convention Center in downtown Indianapolis, sponsored by Ivy Tech Community College on June 4th.
The BPWI is an annual competition hosted by the ICC, in an effort to recognize outstanding companies that foster and promote a positive employee culture which is evident through the company’s appreciation and value shown toward each employee. The results are determined based on anonymous surveys which are submitted directly to a third party survey company by employees.
United has been selected as Best Places to Work in Indiana ten times and entered into the BPWI Hall of Fame in 2014. Hall of Fame companies are those that have been named a Best Place to Work in Indiana at least 60% of the time in the program’s history.
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 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!
United entered two projects in the ACEC Indiana Engineering Excellence Awards 2021 competition and has been notified that this year’s entries have been selected for an HONOR AWARD and a MERIT WARD. A virtual awards ceremony is scheduled for April to recognize all award entries and announce this year’s Grand Project Award winner.
I-65 Southeast Indiana – Design Build Best Value (DBBV)
The $143 million I-65 Southeast Indiana project was a Design Build Best Value (DBBV) procurement. The project reconstructed and added travel lanes to I-65 from US 50 to SR 58 for approximately 14 miles and structural SMA overlay on I-65 from SR 58 to south of SR 46 for approximately four miles. The project included widening of nine twin mainline structures, one latex modified concrete very early strength overlay twin mainline structures, the rehabilitation of seven overpass structures, and new ITS infrastructure with drainage improvements.
Monon Trail over SR 32 & Future Tournament Trail Drive
This project, sponsored by the city of Westfield through a Federal Grant, included construction of a seven-span pedestrian bridge carrying the Monon Trail over SR 32 and a future extension of Tournament Trail Drive. The bridge provides a safe crossing over SR 32 for trail users to enjoy the Monon Trail and improves connectivity to the Grand Park Sports Campus and the Grand Junction Park and Plaza which is currently under construction in Downtown Westfield, Indiana.
Even in the midst of a pandemic, United Consulting persevered and maintained the firm’s status in the Indiana Chamber of Commerce (ICC) Best Places to Work in Indiana (BPWI) program. United secured a spot in the 2021 competition and falls under the Medium Companies (75-249 employees) category. Selected companies will learn their specific placement ranking within their appropriate category during an awards event sponsored by Ivy Tech Community College on May 6th.
The BPWI is an annual competition hosted by the ICC in an effort to recognize outstanding companies that foster and promote a positive employee culture which is evident through the company’s appreciation and value shown toward each employee. The results are determined based on anonymous surveys which are submitted directly to a third party survey company by employees.
This recent honor is United’seleventh selection as Best Places to Work in Indiana and the firm entered into the BPWI Hall of Fame in 2014. Hall of Fame companies are those that have been named a Best Place to Work in Indiana at least 60% of the time in the program’s history.
Ever wonder about the fascinating world of detention and how it affects the overall transportation design of a project?
This year’s Annual Civil Engineering Professional Development Seminar (CEPDS) will be fully virtual beginning November 18th (Wednesday) through November 19th (Thursday) and United’sown 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.