This project is the second phase for providing a high volume traffic capacity alternative route which would effectively reduce the traffic congestion at the Goshen central business district. Following the successful design by JPR of the first phase, the City of Goshen hired JPR to design this phase between SR 15 and Regent Street under FHWA/LPA funding.
JPR completed: a traffic impact analysis as approved by INDOT; topographic survey: stages 1 and 2 road design; traffic signal design; preliminary utility coordination; right-of-way engineering; design of water main and sanitary sewer extensions; and preliminary permitting. The sub-consultants under JPR direction have completed: stages 1 and 2 bridge and retaining wall design; geotechnical investigation; archeological study; Section 106 documentation; preliminary environmental categorical exclusion documentation; pavement design; hydraulic design; and preliminary railroad coordination.
The project includes reconstruction of approximately one-half mile of SR 15 to provide an added lane to the existing two-lane SR 15 for designated left turns, and at this new signalized intersection.
Due to two existing schools just north of the project, a sidewalk was included in the design through the SR 15 limits on the east side.
Through coordination with the railroad, the bridge length was increased to allow for possible future additional tracks to the west of the existing tracks.
Waterford Mills Parkway is envisioned to eventually be a four-lane roadway with a fifth lane for designated left turns at SR 15 and Regent Street. The design includes a two-lane roadway with a third lane for designated left turns, and the roadway and bridge are designed to be readily widened to four lanes in the future.
The New Waterford Mills Parkway design includes shoulders and retention ponds. SR 15 reconstruction includes curb and gutter construction with storm sewer outfalling to a retention pond. The sandy soils encountered at the retention pond areas will be used to provide all of the project’s embankment construction.