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Veterans Parkway Grand Opening & Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony

Posted by on Oct 7, 2015 in News and Media | 0 comments

Veterans Parkway Grand Opening & Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony

On Friday, October 2, 2015, a celebration took place in Marshall County for the grand opening of the long-awaited VETERANS PARKWAY. Despite chilly winds, the Marshall County Commissioners welcomed a large crowd ~ including US Senator Joe Donnelly, several former commissioners, representatives from both INDOT and MACOG, numerous area veterans, and all the companies from engineering to construction that made this project possible. This newly constructed Parkway will offer a new route to accommodate local residents; it will provide easy access to the new US 31 for emergency response teams, and eventually become a new economic corridor for Marshall County. Best of all, naming this new road “Veterans Parkway” is a great way to honor and acknowledge military members who served from Marshall County, both past and present, and thank them for their service. For a gallery of images from the event CLICK HERE! For more information about the project and history CLICK...

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Announcing the Grand Opening of Veterans Parkway

Posted by on Sep 29, 2015 in News and Media | 0 comments

Announcing the Grand Opening of Veterans Parkway

Marshall County Commissioners and USI Consultants, Inc. Announce the Grand Opening of Veterans Parkway USI Consultants, Inc. – Immediate News Release Tuesday – September 29, 2015 USI Consultants, Inc. of Indianapolis and the Marshall County Board of Commissioners proudly announce the grand opening of the new Veterans Parkway. A vision that started over 12 years ago, Veterans Parkway will provide another access point to the new US 31. “Naming this new road ‘Veterans Parkway’ allows us to honor and acknowledge our military members who served from Marshall County, both past and present, and thank them for their service,” said Commission President Kevin Overmyer. “Not only will this new route accommodate our residents, but Veterans Parkway will also provide our emergency response teams easy access to US 31, keeping public safety at the forefront. Eventually, we expect Veterans Parkway to become a new economic corridor for Marshall County.” The newly constructed roadway includes (two) 12’ lanes and added shoulders beginning at a newly designed roundabout at Michigan Road and extending east towards the new US 31 interchange. Along with the roadway, a new bridge was constructed to cross the Elmer Seltenright Ditch. On October 2, 2015, The Marshall County Commissioners, the County Highway Department, area veterans, local community, and all the companies from engineering to construction that made this project possible, will celebrate the grand opening of Veterans Parkway starting at 10:00 am EST. “The design and construction team, worked seamlessly with Marshall County, INDOT, and major stakeholders to overcome several obstacles during the Preliminary Engineering and Construction to bring this outstanding project to fruition,” states Philip D. Beer II, USI Consultants Executive Vice President. CLICK HERE for Official Press Release CLICK HERE for Marshall County Veterans Parkway Grand Opening and Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony Image...

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County Road Project Streamlined

Posted by on Aug 31, 2015 in News and Media | 0 comments

County Road Project Streamlined

Right-of-Way Acquisition Process Smoothed by Resolution The Herald-Press Tuesday – August 25, 2015 BY RICK BANNAN rbannan@h-ponline.com The Huntington County Commissioners approved a resolution streamlining the process of acquiring right-of-way of properties along the proposed Huntington County Road 900 North/Lafayette Center Road project during their meeting Monday. The resolution will allow for one of the commissioners to sign off on any property acquisition that needs to take place in order to have the proposed state-funded, $30 million road reconstruction near Roanoke move smoothly. Huntington County Commissioner Tom Wall said that without the resolution a two-thirds majority vote by all three commissioners would be necessary to approve any land transfer. He said that with the resolution the process of having the project move forward will not come to a halt due to the need to convene for a special session. Representatives of Indianapolis-based Yasmin L. Stump law firm came to the commissioners as legal counsel regarding the resolution. Wall said in an interview that the firm will work, with landowners directly to discuss securing tights of way. The firm will send recommendations for action to Huntington County Attorney Robert Garrett who will then offer his own counsel to the commissioners on what course of action should be taken to continue with the project. The project, which has been in the land acquisition phase of development as of late, will involve reworking a stretch of the road between U.S. 24 and the Fort Wayne General Motors plant, increasing lanes and placing a bridge over railroad tracks to help with traffic. Studies conducted of the roadway reported that the stretch is unfit to handle the volume of traffic it receives, with projections expecting the traffic will double in 20 years. Archaeological and environmental studies were also conducted to assess the project’s feasibility. Butler, Fairman and Seufert environmental specialist Ryan Scott said during a public hearing on the project in February that the studies showed no major environ­mental impact or archaeological issues. In a July meeting USI Consultants Executive Vice President Philip Beer said that the state-funded budget of $30 million was still in sight of being maintained, though he worried about rising construction costs. He had stressed that the target budget was a priority. Wall said in the Monday meeting that the county’s plan is to have the project out for bid in November, adding the resolution will help to meet that time­frame. According to past state­ments by the commissioners, USI, and others involved, the end of November date is right on schedule for a completed project by...

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USI Completes NACDS Commercial Diver Training

Posted by on May 28, 2015 in News and Media | 0 comments

USI Completes NACDS Commercial Diver Training

USI Bridge Inspection Team USI’s Bridge Inspection team recently completed 245 hours of ASCE (American Society of Civil Engineers) Diver Training Standard for Underwater Investigations through on-site instructional courses and Surface Supplied Air training (SSA). Three members of USI’s bridge inspection team represented USI in the NACDS (National Association of Commercial Dive Specialists) program, all of whom have previous underwater bridge inspection experience. Starting with 175 hours of in-class curriculum, topics covered a wide range of professional diving and water safety subjects including but not limited to: CPR, Diving Physics, Human Anatomy and Physiology, Diving-Related Illnesses and Injuries, Emergency In-Water Decompression, Environmental Hazards and Workplace Safety. Next, the USI Underwater Bridge Inspection team participated in a 70-hour Surface Supplied Air on-site diving instructional through Omni Divers Underwater Services, L.L.C.. In this intensive training, the team received under-water “real-life” dive experiences at the Natural Springs Resort in Southern Ohio and spent a day running training scenarios at the Philips Quarry Outdoor Educational Center in Muncie, IN. USI’s Bridge Inspection team strives for excellence and clean safety record. Along with in-class education and underwater live scenario dive training, USI received further training with our O2 Emergency Oxygen dive kit, to be ready in case any future Diving-Related emergencies were to arise. USI is prequalified by INDOT in all Bridge Inspection categories and can inspect all types of bridges with our underwater, confined space, complex and fracture critical training certifications and experience. No matter what the size or complexity of a bridge inspection, USI is first class in response, accuracy, dependability, and most of all – SAFETY. Click Here for Photo...

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