Evansville’s Lucky Four-Leaf Clover

Evansville’s Lucky Four-Leaf Clover

New U.S. 41 and Lloyd Expressway Interchange will Improve Indiana’s Logistics Capabilities

When it comes to keeping commerce moving, Indiana is definitely one of the top states in the nation. As part of an ongoing effort to continually improve this notion, the state is currently upgrading and redesigning the U.S. 41 and State Road 62/66 (Lloyd Expressway) interchange in downtown Evansville, IN, into a full-cloverleaf interchange design. Officials predict that the results of the project will produce reduced traffic congestion and travel times, as well as an overall increase in safety for the thousands of motorists who pass through the system every day.

“The U.S. 41 and Lloyd Expressway interchange is one of the busiest intersections in the state of Indiana, and building a full cloverleaf has been a top priority of our administration because of its significance as a regional transportation link,” said Evansville Mayor Lloyd Winnecke.

INDOT has announced that design plans for the project will cost roughly $19.1 million and will take about a year to complete, with traffic remaining open to the public throughout all construction phases. Currently, work is progressing on-schedule and is expected to be opened to traffic in the fall of 2015.

“To avoid long traffic delays and disruption in the area, the INDOT has developed a shorter construction timetable with practical design elements added that will produce long-term savings for the project. Those savings will benefit both the state and our city,” Mayor Winnecke said.

Jason Tiller, INDOT District Communications Director, said, “The project at U.S. 41 and the Lloyd Expressway is ultimately going to improve mobility throughout the City of Evansville. By removing stoplights in the area, traffic flow and safety will be vastly improved. We anticipate easier movements and reduced crash rates once the work is finished.”

Purpose & Need for the U.S. 41 and State Road 62/66 (Lloyd Expressway) Interchange Redesign

  • Enhance safety and traffic capacity within the corridor
  • Construct a full cloverleaf interchange with roads on Lloyd Expressway at U.S. 41
  • Eliminate at-grade intersections and traffic signals on Lloyd Expressway at U.S. 41

The primary need for this improvement is due to the following factors:

  • Delays on Lloyd Expressway caused by the signalized intersections at two ramp junctions
  • Number of traffic accidents experienced at or near the ramp junction intersections

Source: INDOT

Builders will be eliminating two at-grade stoplights from the Lloyd Expressway, which will provide a free flow of traffic throughout the interchange. The pavement on S.R. 66 will be lowered to increase clearance for the bridges on U.S. 41 and INDOT is also partnering with the City of Evansville on a multi-use trail that will include a new pedestrian bridge over the Lloyd Expressway.

INDOT has described that along U.S. 41, the project will include pavement and bridge rehabilitation. Current lane assignments will be maintained, including two through-lanes in each direction on the south leg of the project, and three through-lanes in each direction on the north leg of the project.

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On S.R. 62/66 (Lloyd Expressway), the project will include pavement replacement. Current lane assignments will be maintained, with three through-lanes in each direction. New entrance and exit ramps and connector and loop ramps will be added in each corner of the interchange.

Cumulatively, these improvements along the two highways will enhance the interchange’s traffic capacity. The City of Evansville has planned to have storm water runoff collected in dry detention ponds inside the loop ramps and conveyed through a new storm sewer pipe once the project is completed.

Overall, the project is expected to have a positive impact on Evansville and Indiana as a whole. In a state that’s designed to facilitate the shipping and transportation needs of all types of industrial and civilian demands, redesigning one of Indiana’s busiest intersections is a great step toward enhancing the state’s overall logistics profile. Improving the flow of traffic and augmenting transit safety will keep commerce flowing throughout Indiana for years to come.

Construction Partners for the U.S. 41 and State Road 62/66 (Lloyd Expressway) Interchange Project

  • Beam, Longest and Neff Inc. – Designer
  • Ragle Inc. – General Contractor
  • Paving Sub Contractor – E and B Paving
  • Indiana Sign and Barricade – Maintenance of Traffic
  • Rivertown Construction – Misc. Concrete Work
  • HydroTech – Hydro demolition
  • Flame On – Beam Straightening
  • Central Painting – Bridge Painting
  • CA Fulkerson – Erosion Control, Seeding, Planting
  • Snyder Construction – Trenchless Pipe
  • Bunn Enterprises – K-Drain
  • Fort Wayne Reinforcing – Tying Steel
  • Starnes Trucking – Transport

Ragle Inc. Project Team

  • Ragle Project Manager – Jason Ragle
  • Ragle Project Superintendent – Tim Dewig
  • Ragle Construction Engineer – Dean Drees
  • Ragle Project Engineer – Mike Runion
  • Ragle Grade Superintendent – Luke Rohleder

INDOT Project Team

  • INDOT Project Manager – Kimberlee Peters
  • INDOT Area Engineer- Curt Schum
  • INDOT Project Engineer/Project Supervisor – Patrick Craig
  • INDOT PE/PS- Robert Kirchgessner
  • INDOT Highway Technician – Wayde Ivers
  • INDOT HT – Terry Font

Source: INDOT

All photos were provided by the Indiana Department of Transportation and Ragle Construction.

 

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