And The Winner Is . . .

US 31 Kern Road- Southbend

United Consulting brought home an Outstanding Concrete Achievement Award in the category of Infrastructure; Bridges over 10,000 CYS from the 2015 Indiana Ready Mixed Concrete Association’s Awards Banquet, hosted on January 27th.

The award winning bridge, US 31 over Kern Road, was an INDOT project designed by United Consulting and constructed by Rieth-Riley. The concrete was supplied by Ozinga Ready Mix and the Thermal Control Plan was provided by CTL Group.

The project was designed and constructed as part of the US 31 Major Moves project which upgraded US 31 to interstate standards between Plymouth and South Bend.  The US 31 and Kern Road Interchange was designed as a single-point interchange to improve traffic flow by routing the ramp usage through a single signal location to minimize disruption to the traffic flow on Kern Road.

As part of a the larger realignment of US 31 from Plymouth to South Bend, the US 31 over Kern Road bridge site required a unique solution to accommodate the skewed interchange and tight grade restraints. Geometric limitations, ramp alignments, and restrictive grades on US 31 and Kern Road prohibited the use of a more traditional bridge design.  A post-tension straddle bent was necessary to support the superstructure over the ramp configuration below the bridge. The superstructure was designed and constructed with the beams integral with the pier cap. Post-tensioning tendons were run through the pier cap and steel beams to provide the capacity necessary to carry the traffic on the US 31 bridge.

Bottleneck Be Gone! I-465 Westbound to I-65 Southbound is Open for Business.

I-465 -I-65 Flyover - Horizontal

Flyover - I-465 -I-65 VerticalThe much anticipated I-465 westbound to I-65 southbound ramp, located on the southside of Indianapolis, re-opened as a spiffy, new, 11-span, concrete beam flyover bridge replacing the outdated, single-lane loop ramp. The two-year project was completed as part of INDOT’s Operation Indy Commute which is a highway improvement initiative consisting of an overall plan to alleviate recurring bottlenecks within the Indianapolis Metropolitan Area.

The new flyover bridge, designed by United Consulting, in collaboration with the added travel lanes on I-465 and I-65 project, increases the efficiency of traffic flow between the two interstates while providing added interstate capacity and safety for commuters.

Anyone who has ever traveled I-465 westbound to I-65 southbound in the past will be amazed by the sleek, new structure’s ability to accommodate the demands and challenges of heavy commuter traffic.

United’s Brian Pierson Presents at Purdue Seminar

Brian Pierson Presents

Brian Pierson, PE presents ADA guidelines during Purdue University’s Civil Engineering Professional Development Seminar (CEPDS) on November 20th

During Purdue University’s Civil Engineering Professional Development Seminar (CEPDS), Brian Pierson, PE, a Project Team Leader in United’s Transportation Department, presented guidelines for maintaining ADA access during construction.  Brian served as the civil design manager for the Cultural Trail in downtown Indianapolis.  He understands the importance of meeting all ADA requirements upon project completion and he also knows that maintenance of the existing accessible routes during construction translates into a successful project.

The MUTCD and Indiana Design Manual clearly establish the need for maintenance of traffic plans addressing all roadway users, including pedestrians with disabilities.  Providing access during construction for the wide range of disabilities covered under these requirements can be daunting.  However, with a good understanding of the laws, standards, and best practice guidelines established for this type of work, a designer can provide plans that adequately address the situation and provide the necessary accommodations.  By determining the best route and using the appropriate signage and detectable barriers, the duration and extent of impacts to accessible travel paths can be minimized, if not, completely eliminated.

Town of Cicero Honors Veterans by Dedicating New Jackson Street Pedestrian Walkway as “Town of Cicero Veterans Walkway”

Veterans Way Dedication -Nov 11th

LEFT PHOTO: Presentation of the Colors
RIGHT PHOTO: Front Row, Left to Right – Jerry Cook, Town Council; Keith Bryant, United Consulting; Dennis Schrumpf, Town Council President; Kay Hartley, Town Council; Jan Unger , Clerk Treasurer; Back Row – Members of the Cicero American Legion Color Guard

What more appropriate day than Veterans Day to host a dedication ceremony for the Town of Cicero Veterans Walkway? The ceremony was organized to dedicate the newly constructed Jackson Street Pedestrian Walkway across Morse Reservoir and officially name the structure, Town of Cicero Veterans Walkway, in honor of those who have served and are serving our Country.

The formal ceremony was performed in the Red Bridge Park Community Building, located on the west side of the walkway. It included the Presentation of Colors by members of the Cicero American Legion Color Guard, dedication remarks and speeches from Town Officials and United Consulting, a ribbon cutting, a blessing on the bridge, and refreshments.

The newly constructed walkway provides more accessibility and connectivity to the Town of Cicero while offering residents safe passage over Morse Reservoir.  During the 4th of July weekend, the Town of Cicero’s Lights Over Morse Reservoir Festival kicked-off the opening of the much anticipated pedestrian walkway across Morse Reservoir with the Town’s fireworks celebration honoring Independence Day.

Click on this link for more project details : Jackson Street Causeway / Town of Cicero Veterans Walkway.

Click here for : Hamilton County Reporter News Story.


Veterans Way July 4th

Town of Cicero Veterans Walkway over Morse Reservoir during the Town of Cicero’s Lights Over Morse Reservoir Festival on July 4th

Decatur County Bridge No. 2 Open For Traffic

FINAL Decatur Bridge No. 2  Ribbon Cutting

Pictured Left to Right – Rick Nobbe, Commissioner; Rich Richardson, Honda Manufacturing; Fred Payne, Honda Manufacturing; Mike Walker, Redevelopment Commission; Jerome Buening, Commissioner; John Richards, Commissioner

It’s official!  The dust has settled, the ribbon cut, and Old US 421 over Clifty Creek is back in business!  Decatur County Bridge No. 2, located one mile north of the Honda Plant in Greensburg, had been closed for the past four months.  On Wednesday, November 5, a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony kicked-off the opening of  the newly constructed bridge.

The project involved the removal and replacement of the original 80-year old bridge which suffered from advanced structural deterioration and scour problems at the foundations. The adjacent roadway was also reconstructed to meet Federal safety standards.

This important $1.5M infrastructure project was a collaborative effort among several entities including Decatur County Highway Department, Decatur County Redevelopment Commission, Indiana Department of Transportation, Honda Manufacturing of Indiana, Dave O’Mara Contracting, CHA, and United Consulting.

According to Kurt Courtney, PE, Construction Project Manager for United Consulting, “I couldn’t have asked for a better project team to make this project a great success for Decatur County.  Dave O’Mara did a good job of getting the project done on time and at a cost below the bid cost.  I would be glad to work with Dave O’Mara and Decatur County again.”

Click here for : Greensburg Daily News Story Decatur Bridge No. 2 - Old US 421 over Clifty Creek