The City of Indianapolis was awarded a $2 million grant in 2015 from the Federal Highway Administration’s Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement (CMAQ) Program to construct a bicycle/pedestrian bridge for the Monon Trail across 38th Street. The bridge eliminates a crossing where trail users navigated six lanes of traffic. The nearly $4.6 million project also added new sidewalks along 38th Street near the Indiana State Fairgrounds. The Monon Trail over 38th Street begins 650 feet north of 38th Street at the existing trail grade. The trail rises on a modular retaining wall to approximately 15 feet above grade, at which point a 5-span bridge structure supported on piles carries the trail over 38th Street.
7NT completed a total of fifteen (15) soil borings. Six (6) borings for the bridge structure, one at each pier and end bent location, four (4) borings at an 83-foot spacing alternating either side of the trail and five (5) borings at a 79-foot spacing alternating either side of the trail.
The bridge structure borings are to a depth of 70 feet below grade. Retaining wall borings vary in depth depending on the height of the retaining wall at approximately twice the height of the wall, or from 10 feet to 25 feet below grade. A total of 570 linear feet of drilling was completed to explore the subsurface conditions at the project site.
All of the soil borings were drilled using a truck-mounted drill rig per ASTM D-1452. Split Spoon and Shelby Tube samples were taken to explore the subsurface conditions per ASTM D-1586 and ASTM D-1587, respectively. Samples were taken at 2.5-foot intervals for the upper 20 feet and 5-foot intervals thereafter. Backfilling of the boreholes was performed in accordance with INDOT requirements and the pavement was patched to match existing pavement.