Silver Award – Cannelburg Road, Phase III, Daviess Co., Ind.

Contractor: Milestone Contractors, LP*

Owner:  Daviess County (Indiana) Highway Department   

Engineer: Lochmueller Group

 The Amish population in Daviess County, Ind., is among the highest in the nation.  Cannelberg road was narrow and carried a mix  of semis and other large trucks, passenger vehicles, and horses and buggies.  Traffic  accidents, including fatalities, prompted Daviess County to look for alternatives to improve safety.

This project is the third of three phases to improve CR 900 E from the town of Cannelburg at the south end to Odon at the north end, all three have been constructed by Milestone Contractors.

The design engineer’s solution was to widen the driving lanes and add wide, paved shoulders to be used as buggy lanes.

This project involved the reconstruction of Cannelburg Road with 12 ft. concrete travel lanes with a 1 ft. concrete shoulder and 8 ft. asphalt shoulders on each side for buggies, as well as two 2-ft. gravel shoulders. There was also a realignment at CR 1050 N and CR 1100 N to improve the line of sight and to eliminate any sharp turns.

A key component of any construction project’s success is awareness of and respect for stakeholder needs. The contractor met with the local farmers whose busy farms lined the road, and based on those discussions, modified the construction schedule to accommodate their businesses.  The construction was also phased to help minimize disruptions at intersections and allow for detours around the project.

Although the contract did not prevent the contractor from working on the days during the year considered holy by the Amish, the project team identified those days in conversations with residents and determined they would not to work as a show of respect to the Amish and to allow them to observe the days without interruption.

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* ACPA member.