JASPER, In. (WEHT) — A proposed Mid-States Corridor project would connect Southern Indiana to I-69 in the north.
Officials briefed the public at an informational meeting at Jasper Middle School Thursday night.
Organizers now say nearly 600 people attended the meeting, which was the third this week after stops in Loogootee and Bedford.
The Corridor would start on SR-66 near the Natcher Bridge and move through the Jasper-Huntingburg area, before connecting I-69 in the North.
“The job of this project team is how to best make that connection,” said Mid-States Corridor Project spokesperson Mindy Peterson.
Greg Mason is a truck driver from Dubois County, and says the need for connectivity is there. But he also wants to explore the options.
“Routing of goods coming out of Jasper. You know, going south or north we need a direct line. We’ve got a west and east but no north/south line. “B
However, it is clear not everyone feels that way.
A flier put on windshields during the meeting urges the public to say “no” to the project, saying influence from politicians and business owners is problematic, as well as potential cost to taxpayers.
As of now, there is no price tag on the final project, because five routes are still in evaluation. But whichever way someone may feel, they will be able to voice concerns.
The next steps for the project include public hearings in the fall.
“We’ll have a chance for people to sign up, stand up, make some comments there, the project team will consider all those comments, and we’re moving toward what’s called a Record of Decision next summer, and that’s the final seal of approval from the Federal Highway Administration.”
You can find project maps and documents here.
(This story was originally published on Feb. 20, 2020)