Veterans Parkway – Marshall County 7th Road
Envisioned nearly 12 years ago by Marshall County, Veterans Parkway creates a new economic corridor north of the City of Plymouth. Not only does this project provide valuable access to established industrial and commercial businesses in the northern part of the county, but it also now provides a third access point to the new US 31.
Through the efforts of county officials, Sen. Joe Donnelly, INDOT, and other relevant state offices, and in coordination with MACOG (Michiana Area Council of Government), the project received approval and funding.
In May 2010, The Marshall County Board of Commissioners initiated the environmental and design evaluations for the project that studied several alternative routes for 7th Road (now Veteran’s Parkway) from Pine Road east to Linden Road. The total length of the studied corridor was approx. 3.9 miles. The County obtained federal funding for the design and construction of Phase I (approx. 2.0 miles) of the project, from Michigan Road east to a newly constructed interchange and to the final terminus of Linden Road. Final design, right-of-way acquisition, wetland design, and necessary permits for Phase I of the project were completed in November, 2013 with a bid letting on February of 2014. Construction operations began for Phase I in spring of 2014 and were fully completed by September 2015.
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Marshall County Bridge #310
As part of the Veterans Parkway project in Marshall County, USI also completed the design and engineering of County Bridge #310. The new 66.5-foot span, pre-stressed bulb-tee bridge carries 7th Road (Veterans Parkway) over Elmer Seltenright Ditch. The new bridge is designed to carry an anticipated 18,000 vehicles per day. Having 12-foot lanes and 12-foot, 4-inch shoulders, the tubular bridge rail on concrete parapets protect traffic.
A new bridge, over an Indiana Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) regulated stream, requires tight controls on the hydraulics. USI coordinated up-front with IDNR which allowed our team to fast- through the permitting process; therefore, satisfying both IDNR and INDOT requirements.
Located within a mile of the Plymouth Municipal Airport, coordination with the airport authorities was critical during the design and construction phases of the project. Additionally the new bridge impacted the local wetlands and trees, wetland mitigation was also required.
During the pile driving operations there were some construction related issues. USI responded promptly and worked with the geotechnical testing company to develop quick and cost effective solutions that kept the project on schedule and minimized additional costs.
Michigan Road & Veterans Parkway (7th Road) Roadabout
An integral part of the Marshall County Veterans Parkway (7th Road) project is the addition of a new roundabout. This is the first roundabout intersection in Marshall County. Having been constructed with a large inscribed diameter, the roundabout accommodates two lanes of traffic with a design speed of 50 mph. The approaches to the Veterans Parkway utilize multiple curves to gradually slow incoming traffic prior to the intersection.
Phase I of the roundabout project included striping for a single lane. In Phase II, the construction of the west leg completed the entire new intersection roundabout at Michigan Road.
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