JASPER, Ind. (AP) — A coalition of business and environmental groups want state officials to halt planning work on a proposed highway from the Ohio River to Interstate 69 in southern Indiana.
The Indiana Department of Transportation has proposed five possible routes for the Mid-States highway from near Rockport north through the Jasper area, then on to I-69.
Opponents argue the project shouldn’t be advanced while the public is focused on the coronavirus outbreak. They also maintain that a new highway would damage forests and caves.
Project spokeswoman Mindy Peterson said no planning delays are expected and that the highway has been discussed for many years.
(This story was originally published on April 19, 2020)