In Terre Haute, Indiana, the main north-south corridor, US 41, is heavily congested so many motorists use Canal Road as an alternative route. Therefore, the county wanted to upgrade Canal Road to handle the traffic growth.
This 3-mile project realigned and widened Canal Road from 2 to 4 lanes primarily on new alignment on or near the present alignment but with some portions on new terrain.
Lochmueller Group (Lochgroup) provided design and construction inspection of two phases. Lochgroup provided coordination between the county, the Indiana Department of Transportation, and the contractor, as well as several utilities and railroads. Oversight was provided for all dirt work, storm sewer, curb, asphalt, a new bridge, signals, and railroad crossings.
Phase 1 consisted of a 4-lane, undivided roadway on new alignment with a left-turn lane at intersections. An undivided section of roadway was necessary to minimize right-of-way impacts. A bridge was constructed for grade separation over the CSXT Railroad due to high train and vehicle volumes. The bridge crosses over the railroad approximately 500 feet south of the previous at-grade crossing. The new alignment allowed for a smaller skew crossing the railroad. The bridge is approximately 190 feet long, with a full height of 42 feet to allow adequate clearance for trains. Phase 2 entailed construction of a new road connecting Phase 1 and 13th Street.