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HWC Trails Increase Character & Connectivity in Indiana Communities

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The weather is getting chilly, but there’s still time to get outside and hit the trails before winter (and the snow) comes.

HWC has worked with Indiana communities on a variety of trail projects, from downtown trails to resort trails to riverfront trails. Each trail type includes features that enhance community character and connectivity.

Keep reading to learn more about some of the trail projects HWC has completed.

DOWNTOWN TRAIL HIGHLIGHT
Gateway Trail – Delphi, IN

HWC worked with Delphi, Indiana to complete the Gateway Trail Project. The project included installation of a multi-use trail with period street lighting, handicap-accessible ramps, brick paver accents, site furnishings, wayfinding and landscape areas. The trail created critical connections amongst schools, historic neighborhoods and other points of interest in the community.

PARK TRAIL HIGHLIGHT
Fall Creek Trail Extension – Indianapolis, IN

HWC Engineering designed the Fall Creek Trail Extension Project in Indianapolis. The shared-use path runs from Skiles Test Park to Fort Benjamin Harrison Park. The 10-foot-wide path winds along the scenic Fall Creek corridor and includes portions of trail within the floodway, allowing trail users to experience the flowing creek waters.

 

RESORT TRAIL HIGHLIGHT
Ferguson Trail – French Lick, IN

The Ferguson Trail in French Lick connects the French Lick Hotel and West Baden Springs Hotel. The Ferguson Trail follows the scenic back roads between the hotels and overlooks the valley golf course.

 

RAIL TO TRAIL HIGHLIGHT
Muscatatuck Trail – North Vernon, IN

HWC worked with North Vernon, Indiana to complete the Muscatatuck Trail Project. The multi-use asphalt trail connects the Muscatatuck County Park to downtown North Vernon. The trail begins in North Vernon and extends through several neighborhoods along a former railroad right-of-way before ultimately connecting to the Muscatatuck County Park.

 

RIVERFRONT TRAIL HIGHLIGHT
Kitselman Trail – Muncie, IN

HWC is leading the design of the Kitselman Trail Project in Muncie, IN. The project will revitalize a brownfield site and surrounding area to connect the Cardinal Greenway and the White River Greenway with a pedestrian bridge over the White River.

 

 

Project Highlight – Monon Trail Widening & Resurfacing Project

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HWC is working with the Indianapolis Department of Public Works to complete the Monon Trail Widening and Resurfacing Project. As part of the project, a 10.5-mile stretch of the existing trail from the 10th Street trailhead to the 96th Street trailhead will be widened and resurfaced. 

Because of its complex nature, the project will be completed in phases. Phase I is currently underway and focuses on the project’s schematic design. This phase will determine how to best solve key issues and overcome challenging existing conditions prior to beginning the project’s design phase. Phase I will establish a complete project approach, schedule and budget.

Project Highlight – The Shoppes at Whitestown

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The Whitestown Plan Commission recently gave final approval for The Shoppes at Whitestown, a RealtyLink project coming in 2018. HWC completed surveying, engineering and landscape architecture for the project.

The $50 million development will be located north of Whitestown Parkway and west of Main Street, just east of I-65 at Exit 130. A new roundabout will also be constructed at the main entrance of the complex.

The complex will consist of two large buildings with more than 270,000 square feet of retail space and room for close to 20 tenants. The project will also include the development of seven out-parcels that will attract restaurants and boutique shops. The complex also features green space, including a pocket park. Bicycle racks are included to encourage nearby residents to walk or bike to the center.

Click here to read more about the project.

 

HWC Partnering to Transform Muncie Brownfield Sites

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HWC Engineering is working with several public, private, local and state partners, including the city of Muncie, Cardinal Greenways, INDOT and the Kitselman Pure Energy Park to complete three projects in Muncie.

The projects include the reconstruction of the East Jackson Street Bridge, the Kitselman Trailhead and the Kitselman Pure Energy Park. These projects will revitalize the former Indiana Steel and Wire and King Indiana Forge brownfield factory areas.

HWC is currently leading the design of the Kitselman Trailhead Project. The $13 million project was planned in partnership with Land Collective. The project will revitalize a brownfield site and surrounding area. The project has been divided into three construction phases.

  • Phase I consists of the restoration and installation of the old Bridge 85 and temporary trail connections to Cardinal greenway.
  • Phase II includes construction on the eastern side of the river and the former Indiana Steel and Wire employee parking lot, including a White River greenway trail connection. A large lawn area will also be constructed on the old parking lot.
  • Phase III includes construction on the western side of the river, which includes areas of the former King Forge property. Large art sculptures will be implemented in this phase to act as gateways to the city.

Major construction of the trailhead area will begin this summer and continue for several years. Click here to read the full article in the Muncie Journal.

HWC Celebrates King Street Corridor Project Ribbon Cutting in Franklin

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HWC Engineering celebrated with the city of Franklin yesterday at a ribbon cutting ceremony for the King Street Corridor Project.

Project improvements included enhanced roadway elements, reduced lane widths, traffic calming features and pedestrian improvements.

HWC is proud to partner with Indiana communities like Franklin to help complete infrastructure upgrade projects that improve the cities in which we live and work.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

HWC Engineering Ranked As One of the Top 15 Best Places to Work in Indiana

HWC Engineering was ranked in the top 15 of the 100 Best Places to Work in Indiana by the Indiana Chamber of Commerce. Rankings were revealed on May 2 at an awards dinner in downtown Indianapolis.

Find more information about Indiana’s best places to work in the May/June 2017 issue of BizVoice

 

HWC Comprehensive Plans Help Revitalize Communities

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HWC Engineering is currently working with Jamestown, Indiana to develop its comprehensive plan.

The comprehensive plan will help the town establish goals, set priorities and take practical steps toward accomplishing those goals. Jamestown is concurrently updating its zoning ordinance, working on a stormwater plan and working with the Office of Community and Rural Affairs on upgrades to the downtown area.

As part of the planning process, HWC Engineering Director of Planning Cory Whitesell recently met with Jamestown residents to gather input on land use options and different project ideas they’d like to see around town.

The plan will go through months of drafting and revision, with multiple public meetings along the way. The plan is scheduled for adoption in November.

Click here to read the complete article. 

HWC Identifies Potential Interchange Locations in Greenfield

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HWC Engineering is working with Hancock County to determine the need for a third interstate exit off Interstate 70. HWC presented the study, which includes potential exit locations and cost estimates, to the Hancock County Board of Commissioners this week.

Click here to read the complete Greenfield Daily Reporter article.

HWC Asset Management Plans a Win for Indiana Communities

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Did you know asset management plans are a requirement of the Community Crossings Matching Grant Program? To date, HWC has developed asset management plans and helped complete grant applications for 16 Indiana communities. As a result, these communities have been awarded nearly $7.0 million in matching funds.

Asset management plans help communities and organizations manage their infrastructure and other assets. HWC has completed plans for numerous assets, including pavement, bridges, sidewalks, culverts, ADA curb ramps and signs.

Curious about how an asset management plan is developed? Let’s take a look at how HWC worked with the city of Salem, Indiana to develop their pavement asset management plan.

  1. HWC first took an inventory of the city’s road data and corporate limits.
  2. Next, a rating was assigned to each city street. This rating was based on a number of factors that analyzed the road’s overall condition.
  3. After rating each road, a treatment plan was created. The treatment plan helped the city determine the best way to maintain and improve its road assets over the next several years.

As a result, the final pavement asset management plan allowed the city to manage its assets in the most efficient and effective way.

HWC is currently working with 16 additional communities to develop asset management plans and secure grant funding.

HWC Thoroughfare Plans Drive Communities Forward

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Did you know HWC Engineering is leading thoroughfare plans for several Indiana communities?

Thoroughfare plans provide guidance for designing roadway infrastructure that supports circulation and economic development for a community. The plans lay the foundation for both the upgrade of existing routes and the construction of new routes in a community.

When working with communities to develop a thoroughfare plan, the HWC team encourages input and feedback from community members. From public meetings to project websites and online surveys, HWC’s project team works to understand the goals and vision of the communities with which we work.

Of the many comprehensive plans completed by HWC in the last few years, each has included a thoroughfare component. In addition to comprehensive and thoroughfare plans, the HWC team has completed corridor, downtown, economic development, park, walkability and utility plans. This experience makes HWC the planning partner of choice for several Indiana communities.

As a hands-on consultant, HWC works with community members during the planning process to gather feedback and ideas.

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