Westfield’s Newest Roundabout is Open to Traffic

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The City of Westfield hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony to offically open the 161st Street and Oak Ridge Road roundabout on Monday, November 2, 2015.

“These roundabouts help us keep our commitment to creating a safe city for our residents,” Mayor Andy Cook said. “Roundabouts consistently are proven to be safer than four-way-stops, and they actually move traffic through an intersection with less congestion.”

The roundabout was designed by United Consulting and constructed by 3D Contractors. Cost of construction for the project was $1,328,503 and was paid for by funds from the 2014 utility sale, as well as funding from the Indianapolis Metropolitan Planning Organization.

The roundabout features asphalt trails along the perimeter and comes as Westfield is beginning work on a Safe Routes to School Plan for Oak Trace Elementary. The plan will identify recommendations in the areas of education, encouragement, engineering, and enforcement to improve the safety of students walking/biking to school, and hopefully increase the numbers of students who choose to walk/bike to school. As a part of this project, preferred walking/biking routes will be identified and assessed for infrastructure needs. Extensive public involvement and data collection efforts will also be conducted.

The 161st Street and Oak Ridge roundabout is sponsored by Elsner Family Dentistry.

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Muncie Officials Unveil New Canal Project

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MUNCIE, Ind. (Oct. 22, 2015) — Mayor Dennis Tyler joined Muncie Sanitary District board members Nikki Grigsby, Bill Smith, and Mike Cline to dedicate Muncie’s new canal project, Liberty Pass.

The block-long canal, located at Washington and Liberty streets, is a decorative feature that’s part of a $10 million sanitary district project to move stormwater from downtown Muncie to the White River on the north edge of downtown. It features benches on decorative stone circles, ramps that descend from street level to the water, and a pump that circulates stormwater.

United Consulting provided project management, design, survey, and construction inspection services with assistance from Beam, Longest and Neff and Rundell Ernstberger Associates. Construction was performed by Bowen Engineering.

The project provides significant drainage improvements in the downtown area and is a key component in the City’s plan to provide separate storm and sanitary sewers.  It also allows for the development of the new downtown hotel and parking garage project adjacent to the convention center and is anticipated to spur redevelopment in the downtown area.

“The team involved did a great job!” said United Vice President Bill Hall. “This project provides much needed drainage improvements in downtown Muncie, and was done with a focus on sustainability. The canal will be a catalyst for redevelopment in this downtown Muncie neighborhood.”

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Indiana’s FIRST Major Moves 2020 Project Is Complete

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An official ribbon cutting ceremony on October 23, 2015 commemorated the successful completion of I-65 between Southport Road and Main Street in Greenwood — Indiana’s FIRST Major Moves 2020 project. The ceremony was part of an event, dubbed by INDOT as a “double header”, and followed the kick-off for the Save-A-Life campaign sponsored by the Road Construction Awareness Corporation (RCAC).

The nearly $36 million I-65 project reconstructed six lanes of interstate which included the addition of auxiliary lanes between interchange ramps, upgraded overpasses, the installation of sound walls, and improved drainage between Southport Road and Main Street in Greenwood.  Milestone Contractors, L.P. was the state’s prime contractor for this Major Moves 2020 project and United Consulting served aRCAC Save-A-Lifes INDOT’s consultant representative.

During the first half of the “double header” event, RCAC, a grass-roots coalition of contractors and construction workers to promote worksite safety, unveiled a new sign that will be strategically placed near work zones to remind drivers to slow down and save lives.  Smaller, magnetic versions of the signs will be available for  INDOT, contractor, and supplier company vehicles to help get the word out. All expenses associated with the “Save-A-Life” campaign are funded by donations to RCAC.