Three public meetings will be held next week for the Mid-States Corridor Project, which examines the concept of an improved highway connection in southern Indiana. The meetings will provide a project overview, explain the proposed purpose and need, describe the potential preliminary alternatives and introduce ways for the public to stay informed and provide feedback.
Meetings are planned for Washington, French Lick and Jasper at the following locations:
Monday, Aug. 5: Washington High School
608 E. Walnut St., Washington, IN
Auditorium (Enter through Gate 4 off 7th St.)
Tuesday, Aug. 6: Springs Valley High School
326 S. Larry Bird Blvd., French Lick, IN
Thursday, Aug. 8: Jasper High School
1600 St. Charles St., Jasper, IN
The public meetings are scheduled 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. ET and will feature an open house format. A short project presentation is planned for 6 p.m. Project team members will be at multiple stations to answer questions and comment forms will be available. Additional public meetings will be held at project milestones.
The Mid-States Corridor Regional Development Authority (RDA) and the Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) have started a Tier 1 Environmental Impact Statement (EIS), which is required by the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) for major construction projects that will include federal funding.
The Mid-States Corridor is anticipated to begin at the William H. Natcher Bridge crossing of the Ohio River near Rockport, continue generally through the Huntingburg and Jasper area and extend north to connect to Interstate 69.
The Tier 1 EIS is expected to take just over two years to complete with a Record of Decision (ROD) expected in summer 2021. The ROD is the Federal Highway Administration’s final approval of the preferred corridor.
After a Tier 1 ROD, a more detailed Tier 2 environmental study will determine specific alignments and preferred alternatives within the selected Tier 1 corridor.
Project Office Open
The Mid-States Corridor project office opened last monthat Vincennes University Jasper Campus. The office is in the Administration Building and is open Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. ET, and by appointment. A project representative is available to answer questions, andhandouts and displays from the public meetings will be on site.
Mid-State Corridor Project Office
Vincennes University Jasper Campus
Administration Building, Room 216
850 College Ave.
Jasper, IN 47546
Members of the community can reach the project office by calling 812-482-3116. There are several ways to follow project progress, ask questions and offer feedback.
- Find project information online at midstatescorridor.com.
- Sign up for project e-newsletters on the website.
- Receive project text alerts by texting “midstates” to 33222.
- Email questions and comments to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Mid-States Corridor Project examines the concept of an improved highway connection in southern Indiana. The Mid-States Corridor Regional Development Authority and the Indiana Department of Transportation are conducting the required Tier 1 Environmental Study for the project to determine a preferred corridor. Find more information at www.midstatescorridor.com.