Indiana’s FIRST Major Moves 2020 Project Is Complete

I-65-Southport-Ribbon-Ceremony

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.

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Governor Pence Joins Local Officials to Break Ground on Heavy-Haul Road

Charlestown, Ind. (Oct. 14, 2015) — Governor Mike Pence was joined by Jeffersonville Mayor Mike Moore, President of the Clark County Commissioners Jack Coffman, as well as officials from the River Ridge Commerce Center and the Port of Indiana-Jeffersonville to break ground on phase one of a multi-phase transportation corridor project that will connect the River Ridge Commerce Center with the East End Crossing and the Port of Indiana-Jeffersonville near the Interstate 265 and State Road 62 interchange.

The $30.4 million Heavy-Haul Road project will be funded through a partnership of the River Ridge Development Authority, the Ports of Indiana, Clark County, the City of Jeffersonville, the Indiana Department of Transportation, and the Kentuckiana Regional Planning and Development Agency along with other supporting partners.

“Roads mean jobs. And I don’t mean road jobs. You create the right infrastructure, you have the right vision like we’re implementing today with this transportation corridor. You create the conditions where businesses do what businesses do,” Governor Pence said.

United Consulting has teamed with Browning Day Mullins Dierdorf, American Structurepoint, Banning Engineering, Earth Exploration, Louisville Paving & Construction, and MAC Construction & Excavating to complete work on the project by Fall 2016.

“The bidding of this segment in the River Ridge Commerce Center marks the beginning of a series of significant improvements in this vital area of the State,” said United Consulting President Dave Richter. “We had a team of excellent engineers working tirelessly to complete an important project on a very tight schedule. Congratulations to everybody who had a part in this victory for United and for the community.”

Preferred Proposer for I-69 Major Moves 2020 Expansion Project

MM 2020 - LogosMilestone Contractors, L.P. and United Consulting prove once again to be the winning combination for excellence and value. After a rigorous application and proposal process, the Indiana Finance Authority Board (IFA) for INDOT announced the Milestone / United team as the Preferred Proposer to provide services for the $85 Million I-69 Interstate Expansion project in Hamilton and Madison Counties. The project is part of Major Moves 2020 and involves widening and rehabilitation of approximately 15.37 miles of I-69 from 106th Street to SR 13 as well as an interchange modification at Exit 210 (Campus Parkway/Southeastern Parkway) in Hamilton County.

Click the following link to INDOT’s press release for more details:

I-69 Major Moves 2020 Expansion Project Press Release

 

Franklin Street in Greenfield is Now Open for Business!

Greenfiled-Franklin Street Ribbon Cutting

The last week of September brought the excitement of the 2015 Supermoon Lunar Eclipse as well as the long-awaited opening of Franklin Street in the City of Greenfield. On a bright Monday morning following the lunar eclipse, 10 years of project history in-the-making culminated with the September 28th Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for Franklin Street ­— just in time for Greenfield’s Annual Riley Days Festival.

Little did Greenfield resident Mike Bielefeld know when he hopped on his bicycle and headed for the Pennsy Trail, he would be helping Mayor Chuck Fewell cut the ribbon and dedicate the newly completed project. After opening remarks and a brief overview of the project, Mayor Fewell invited the “guy on the bike” to come up and help cut the ribbon.

The road improvements transformed Franklin Street from rough and rugged to smooth and finished while also correcting poor drainage issues and adding new parking for INDOT’s Greenfield District. The project reconstructed Franklin Street from Davis Road to US 40 as two unique sections. The section north of Tague Street included two 12-foot lanes with a 14-foot center turn-lane. The section south of Tague Street included two 12-foot lanes with two six-foot shoulders.

United Consulting provided construction inspection services for this Franklin Street project which was designed by A&F Engineering. The prime contractor was Milestone Contractors, L.P.

South End BEFORE and AFTER

50 Years of Excellence

TOP THREE ANSWERS ON THE BOARD . . .

How do you commemorate 50 years of excellence with an unforgettable event that will be talked about for years to come? You play Family Feud, of course!

United’s 50 Years of Excellence celebration was hosted at the Columbia Club on Tuesday, June 2, as an employee-only event honoring those who make United’s success a reality on a daily basis. Vice President Steve Jones kicked-off the festivities, laying the ground rules and revealing the “Top Three Answers on the Board” for the event. Steve said, “We have established three objectives for the day. Number one is to look back over the past 50 years and share a little history that goes with them. Number two is to enjoy some good food and fellowship and number three is to have fun. So stay loose and get ready to have fun!”

Honorary attendees included four United retirees whose leadership was instrumental in the success of United over the past 50 years – Ralph Gemmer, Jake Hall, Kent Downey, and Jerry Ritchie. It was a special surprise to have Ralph Gemmer, United’s founder, and his wife, Pam attend the event.

The event began at 10:45 when employees loaded buses and departed from the office. Once at the Columbia Club and seated, Steve gave his opening remarks, shared a little company history, and acknowledged each retiree in attendance with the presentation of a 50-Year commemorative jacket. Next, was a mouthwatering buffet fit for a king while an entertaining collection of 50 years of photo memories played in a presentation on the big screen, located in the front of the room.

Then came the moment everyone had been waiting for – United’s own Chris Miller, clad in a wig and suit, ran into the room, high-fiving employees as he made his way to the front, announcing, “Put your hands together . . . It’s time to play the Family Feud!” Teams were assembled, departments competed against departments, and Road Team 1 persevered as the ultimate victor and took home the 2015 Family Feud Championship Trophy.

After the main event, employees met on the Downtown Circle for a group photo and were treated to cupcakes from The Flying Cupcake Truck. After enjoying cupcakes and a beautiful afternoon of sunshine, buses were summoned, and employees returned to the office at 3:00.

50-Years Celebration