As the second phase for providing a high-volume traffic capacity alternative route, this project was developed to effectively reduce traffic congestion at the Goshen Central Business District. Following JPR’s successful first phase design, the City of Goshen hired JPR to design the second 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’s 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 included reconstruction of approximately one-half mile of SR 15, providing the existing two-lane highway with an added lane for designated left turns at a 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, as well as shoulders and retention ponds. The SR 15 reconstruction included curb and gutter development, with storm sewer outfall into a retention pond. In addition, the sandy soils encountered at the retention pond areas was utilized for the project’s entire embankment construction.
Through coordination with the railroad, the bridge length was increased to allow for the possibility of additional tracks in the future – to be located 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.