The Mid-States Corridor Regional Development Authority (“RDA”) and the Indiana Department of Transportation (“INDOT”) have announced that they have selected the Lochmueller Group of Evansville, Indiana as the consultant for completion of a Tier 1 Study for the Mid-states Corridor Project. This selection is the culmination of an intensive two-step selection process jointly conducted by the RDA and INDOT over the course of the past several months.
Next steps in the process will include the scoping of the Project and final contract negotiations between the RDA, INDOT and the Lochmueller Group. As has been the case throughout the selection process, the RDA and INDOT will be working together during this next phase of the contract negotiation process, which is expected to commence early this month and is expected to take approximately two months to inalize. The initiation of the Tier 1 Study is expected to begin immediately following the execution of the contract with the Lochmueller Group, with a projected completion date within two years following the study initiation.
Mark Schroeder, Chairman of the Mid-States Corridor Regional Development Authority, stated, “The completion of the consultant selection process for a Tier 1 Study is a critical first step in the RDA’s ultimate goal of upgrading the existing four-lane U.S. 231 from the Ohio River Bridge in Spencer County (Rockport), Indiana to I-64 and constructing a new/upgraded four-lane highway through Dubois County originating at the I-64 Dale, Indiana exchange and connecting with I-69. Lochmueller Group’s expertise, gained from its involvement with the successful construction of I-69 between Evansville and Indianapolis, makes them uniquely qualified to lead this portion of the Mid-States Corridor Project.”