INDOT Awards 65 Construction Contracts Worth $117 Million

INDOTINDIANAPOLIS – The Indiana Department of Transportation has awarded 65 construction contracts worth $117 million. The contracts include 24 bridge and road paving projects, 13 bridge rehabilitation and replacement projects, and maintenance or repairs to an additional 6 bridges.

Notable contracts include:

  • The new U.S. 33 alignment in Goshen was awarded to Rieth Riley Construction in South Bend for $18.9 million.
  • The new I-69 exit at 106th Street in Fishers was awarded to Walsh Construction Company of Crown Point for $21.7 million.
  • Milestone Contractors of Richmond will repave State Road 26 from S.R. 1 to S.R. 67 in Jay County and replace the S.R. 26 bridge superstructure over Brooks Creek for $8.2 million.
  • State Road 60 will be repaved from Sellersburg to New Pekin through a $4.4 million contract with E&B Paving of Anderson.
  • The I-64 bridges over Big Creek and Indiana Southern Railroad in Warrick County will be repaved as part of a $3.4 million contract with Ragle Inc. of Newburgh.
  • Repaving of State Road 23 in St. Joseph County was awarded to Walsh & Kelly Inc. of South Bend for $2.8 million.
  • More than 3 miles of U.S. 136 and State Road 32 in Crawfordsville will be repaved under a $2.2 million contract with Rieth Riley Construction in Indianapolis.
  • New cable barriers on Interstate 865 in Boone County was awarded to James H. Drew Corporation of Indianapolis for $258,000.

INDOT has been expanding its investments in maintenance and preservation projects to keep pavement and bridges in good condition for as long as possible, targeting bridges and roadway sections with the right treatments at the right times. Over the past three years, state bridges that inspectors have rated as fair or better has increased from 93 percent to 95.3 percent, bringing it above the national average of 94 percent. Between 2012 and 2014, state-maintained pavement has improved from 89.3 percent in fair or better condition to 90.3 percent.

Local projects awarded

Of the 65 contracts awarded, 16 were for city, town and county projects.

INDOT sets aside a quarter of its federal-highway funds each year for local transportation projects. The communities design the projects, purchase any land needed and pay the required 20-percent match. INDOT assists cities, towns and counties with bidding and overseeing the projects.

The contracts include sidewalks, crosswalks and related improvements near Aurora, Bloomington, Brownsburg, Cedar Lake, Converse, Danville, Fairmount, Gary, Merrillville, Valparaiso, Van Buren and Yorktown.

Last week INDOT Commissioner Brandye Hendrickson announced an additional $7.5 million in state and federal funds to improve bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure. The investments are part of INDOT’s “Common Paths” initiative, which unifies and implements the agency’s programs and policies regarding transportation planning and design, including Complete Streets and non-motorized transportation.

To view all of the contract awards, visit http://www.in.gov/dot/div/contracts/letting/archive/2016/mar02/OFFICIAL%20030216.pdf

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