Bluemont Lakes Bike Path

The improvement project had been on the minds of the Association for quite some time, and in the winter of 2013, the board decided to proceed with the project. The two major goals of the project were to:

  • Improve the drainage in the park
  • Replace the failing bituminous path

The area had been drastically affected by wet weather cycle and the park was no different. The existing pathway was susceptible to moisture due to water pooling on, or adjacent to the path. In addition, when the original path was built, the bituminous pavement was placed directly on topsoil, which is great for growing grass, but not recommended to be under sidewalks, pathways or any other paved surface. Due to the excessive moisture and poor subgrade the pathway was deteriorating, and it was time for a complete reconstruction.

The constructability of the project was a challenge. The park/project is just over .5 miles long, with the only access points at each end, and homes surrounding the park on all sides. In addition, as with all parks, it is home to many beautiful mature trees. With all of these factors considered, low-impact construction methods were required. Skid steers hauled out the existing bike path and transported in gravel. Concrete was brought in by concrete buggies and skid steers making .25 mile trips each way.  These construction methods minimized the amount of disturbance to both the park and the residences adjacent to the park.

The drainage issues were fixed by adding drain tile along the pathway as well as in the existing low areas. Sump pumps will be reinstalled and the storm sewer at the discharge points will be repaired.  Upon completion, the bituminous path with no subgrade will be replaced by a concrete path with a gravel base, and drain tile installation and minor grading will be completed to improve the drainage in the park. During construction, the residents of the HOA stated that they were excited to once again venture along the .5 mile walk through the beautiful, quiet park.

The survey consisted of collecting approximately 700 features, including curb stops, valves, hydrants, and sanitary sewer manholes. The first phase of the project included an on-site assessment of their current business needs and goals. Specific attention was given to their data needs, which included accuracy requirements and determining development of a data management plan. Ulteig’s GIS staff compiled and configured the GPS-collected data into a usable GIS format suitable for ArcView mapping software. On-site customized training was provided for the City’s Public Works staff to update and maintain their GIS System. Ulteig used a combination of professional GPS Survey and mapping techniques, along with on-site training, to successfully deliver a comprehensive water and sanitary sewer distribution mapping system.

Ulteig provided design engineering services for the infrastructure in the city of Walker, Minnesota. This included 20 city blocks of sanitary sewer, water main and storm sewer, along with street reconstruction. The underground utilities were almost 60 years old, so the project’s main objective was to extend system longevity.

The area was located near the elementary and high school in town. To avoid disruption of the first day of school, the team worked efficiently and relentlessly to complete the work both on schedule and under budget.

Ulteig is providing construction engineering services for the I-70 Wildlife Fence Project located in Eagle County, Colorado. This three-year project is designed to improve safety along I-70 by reducing animal-vehicle collisions along the corridor. By installing the wildlife fence, CDOT can achieve their goal of eliminating or reducing animal-vehicle collisions and reducing animal fatalities by funneling animals to the designated crossing locations. In its early stages, the project is proceeding well and shows great promise for improving safety along this popular stretch of highway.

Ulteig was hired by Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) to complete the design of the Fall River Road Bridge project. Begun as an urgent response to improve safety for bicyclists who used the busy westbound I-70 to access the Fall River community, the project evolved to a vehicular bridge, adding an alternate route for emergency vehicles on I-70 in heavy congestion such as peak ski travel season.

The project supports CDOT’s Whole System – Whole Safety initiative by improving safety conditions for all modes of transportation using I-70. The project design also accommodates
future greenway trail projects from the Clear Creek County master plan, avoiding the need for future modification.

An added challenge was revealed through stakeholder engagement with the local rafting community. Because the proposed bridge would be located almost directly above a rapid, the standard one-foot freeboard design for Clear Creek County bridges would not be adequate. Ulteig incorporated rafters’ goals by modifying the original design to accommodate a vehicular bridge with eight feet of freeboard.

This project was a powerful reminder to go beyond the “usual” stakeholders and ensure that a transportation solution truly embraces the needs and accommodates the impacts of the whole community. Without the extensive community engagement facilitated by Ulteig, this inclusivity would not have been possible.

This rural town in north-central Minnesota was overdue for several infrastructure repairs, including reconstruction of a one-mile stretch of highway into a segment of city street with a multipurpose trail and sidewalk. Glyndon’s 50-year-old cast-iron wastewater collection piping was also in need of replacement.

Ulteig was selected by the Clay County Highway Department and City of Glyndon to complete design and construction for this entire project. During 2017, work began with taking the main arterial rural section of roadway and converting it to an urban section by widening and lowering it, adding a curb and gutter system, and incorporating a sidewalk on one side and a bike path on the other. Utilities beneath the roadway had to be lowered and regraded since they did not meet cover
requirements. The water distribution system within the reconstruction area also required replacement to ensure sufficient storm water drainage.

When this major renovation is completed in 2018, it will dramatically improve pedestrian safety and traffic flow through town, making Glyndon a more appealing prospect for potential new businesses and homeowners.

Overseen by the North Dakota Department of Transportation (NDDOT), this project involved the complete replacement of the Interstate 94 westbound lane from Medora, North Dakota, to the Sentinel Butte interchange 12 miles away. The existing four lanes of this segment were originally constructed approximately 50 years ago. Since then, the amount and weight of traffic has increased significantly, pushing the roadway to its physical limits. Ulteig provided project management, inspection and surveying services to produce a safe and low-maintenance freeway segment that will serve NDDOT over the next 30 years.

Ulteig inspectors oversaw construction, monitored and recorded the contractor’s daily operations, and verified the contractor was building the roadway to the design plans and specifications. Ulteig’s survey crew provided staking at the contractor’s request to guarantee progress. Ulteig regarded this construction project as a machine with several moving parts. Our job was to keep it working properly by listening to challenges and solving them with the entire machine in mind. As a result of this dedication and ingenuity, the project was completed ahead of schedule.

Rebuild small regional airport to improve facilities, expand use and improve safety. Airport supports an area seeing substantial population and economic growth.

Ulteig involvement
Ulteig provided planning, funding search, engineering, surveying and project management services.

Project construction initiation date
June 1, 2014

Project outline
The New Town airport was originally constructed in the 1970s, consisting of 21,500 square yards of pavement, three hangars. To meet the needs of the area, the airport needed to be completely reconstructed, replacing and expanding the runway and apron areas, allow for additional aircraft storage, bring sight distance for pilots up to standards, improve terminal facilities, and provide a plan for ongoing operation, maintenance and expansion.

Of particular note is that planning for the project began in 2011, with construction scheduled for 2014. However, funding for the project was redirected to a different airport in early 2014. Replacement funding was developed by New Town airport board members working with North Dakota state legislators. Material and construction bids had been previously arranged and project construction was initiated on schedule.

Notable tasks

  • Remove runway high spot with 2-3 feet of earthwork cuts
  • Shift runway approximately 500 feet to avoid obstructions from section line road
  • Replace and expand runway and aprons
  • Relocate three hangars; add five hangar lots; add two hangars
  • Replace temporary service terminal and sanitary area with permanent structures that include fueling station, and flight planning and pilot rest areas
  • Replace electrical and lighting systems
  • New visual approach aids to provide a guide to aircraft on approach
  • Plan for future expansion of services, to potentially include:
    • Aircraft mechanic
    • Airframe certification business (Fixed Base Operator)
    • Flight school

Final result
The project was completed on October 31, 2014, ahead of the November 1 deadline, and under budget.

Project cost

  • $2.5 million
  • Funding provided by state and local agencies; no federal monies spent

Runway, aprons, general area

  • 3,420 feet x 60 feet new runway
  • 21,500 square yards of pavement removed
  • 31,500 square yards of new pavement
  • 40,000 cubic yards of fill
  • 22,000 square yards of topsoil, stripped and reapplied
  • 15,000 square feet of paint markings (completed in 10 hours)
  • 24 acres reseeding on disturbed areas
  • 5 inch asphalt overlay on 14 inch base
  • 5 tie-down aircraft parking positions

Electric and lighting

  • 19,000 feet new electrical wire
  • 19,000 feet new ground wire and lightning protection wire
  • 55 new edge lights