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!
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. United is part of the team providing construction inspection services.
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.
ACEC Indiana hosted its 33rd Annual Engineering Excellence Awards Recognition Ceremony on Wednesday, April 14th, via Zoom. United Consulting is honored to have been acknowledged for three award-worthy projects during the virtual celebration!
Grand Project Award: 96th Street and Keystone Parkway Interchange and Corridor Improvements
This city of Carmel project converted the existing signalized intersection at 96th Street and Keystone Parkway to a grade-separated roundabout interchange. The $28.7 million project was successfully delivered through a teaming effort between CHA and United. The portion of the project completed by United included the bridge design for Keystone Parkway over 96th Street which also involved utility coordination and right-of-way engineering.
This project was part of the city of Carmel’s plan to convert Keystone Parkway to a free-flow parkway and upgrade the 96th Street corridor. The project’s goal was to improve safety at the intersection while also alleviating substantial traffic congestion in this area. The interchange features a two-lane, teardrop shaped roundabout on 96th Street under Keystone Parkway and also accommodates ramps to and from both directions of Keystone Parkway. The bridge carries three northbound lanes and three southbound lanes over 96th Street.
State Finalist Award: Monon over SR 32
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.
Honor Award: I-65 Southeast Indiana DBBV
The $143 million I-65 Southeast Indiana project was a Design Build Best Value (DBBV) procurement. The selection process was based on the E&B Paving and United Consulting team’s concepts which added the best value for the state of Indiana and maximized the number of desired improvements to be completed for the budget.
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, new ITS infrastructure, and drainage improvements.
CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL ACEC INDIANA ENGINEERING EXCELLENCE AWARD WINNERS!
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.
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!
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.