Public Outreach

 

Engaging the Public

The Project Team will engage the public in meaningful dialogue throughout the project development process. Outreach efforts will both inform and educate the public on the project development process while also soliciting input that will inform the decision-making process.

Public Information Meetings (PIMs)

Two (2) sets of public information meetings will be held at locations within the project study area prior to formal public hearings on the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS). These meetings will occur at the first two project milestones.

The first meeting was at the purpose and need/preliminary alternatives milestone. The second will be at the end of the alternatives screening process, when some alternatives will be eliminated from detailed study and others will be carried forward.

The first public information meetings were in early August. Meetings were held in 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
Cafeteria

Thursday, Aug. 8:

Jasper High School
1600 St. Charles St. Jasper, IN
Cafeteria

The public meetings were held in an open house format with a short project presentation. Project team members were at multiple stations to answer questions and comment cards were available to offer public input. Additional public meetings will be held at project milestones.

Regionals Issues Involvement Team Meetings (RIITs)

Four (4) Regional Issues Involvement Teams will be formed within the project study area. These teams will consist of key stakeholders representing general regions of the project study area (southcentral, northeast, northcentral and northwest).

Each regional team will meet in advance of key project milestones purpose and need/preliminary alternatives meeting, alternatives screening process meeting and prior to the public hearing.

Ad Hoc Stakeholder Meetings

Over the past several years, many groups have developed an interest in this project. There will be requests for special meetings that cannot be anticipated at the project outset. It’s important to be responsive to these requests. When appropriate, the consultant team will proactively invite stakeholder groups to meet and share their concerns as well.

Working Alignment Meetings

Although this Tier 1 EIS will not identify the exact alignment but rather an alignment corridor, “working alignments” will be developed for each detailed alignment. The primary purpose of these working alignments will be to estimate the environmental, social and economic impacts that would be likely to occur if the project was constructed in the corridor. These meetings include project planners and engineers proactively communicating with major commercial/industrial property owners that might be directly impacted by a working alignment either through property taking or access/traffic re-routing.

Public Hearings

Following appropriate public notice, public hearings on the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) will be held in well-known and easily-accessible locations in the study area. Local officials’ briefings will be held at the local project office in the afternoon in advance of each evening public hearing.

Civic Organizations Presentations

The project team will be available to provide project status update presentations to local civic organizations throughout the project study area. Click here for information on submitting a formal presentation request.

Resource Agency Coordination Meetings

Coordination meetings will be held with many local, state and federal resource and permitting agencies along with the Evansville Metropolitan Planning Organization, Bloomington-Monroe County MPO and other Regional Planning Organizations at key decision-points during the development of the Draft EIS, in accordance with the INDOT-FHWA Indiana Division Streamlined Environmental Impact Statement Procedures (September 2007).

Local Project Office

Vincennes University, Jasper Campus
Administration Building, Room 216
850 College Ave,
Jasper, IN 47546

Office Hours

Monday – 8am – 5pm
Wednesday – 8am – 5pm
Friday – 8am – 5pm

All other days and times are by appointment only.

ADA and Limited English Proficiency (LEP) Stakeholders

The project team is committed to ensuring all have the opportunity to participate as part of the public involvement process.  The project team will perform due diligence in providing and/coordinating accommodation for persons with disabilities requiring auxiliary aids or services such as sign language interpretation and alternative formatted materials.

Persons and/or groups representing persons of Limited English Proficiency (LEP) requiring support services related to accessing project information and participating in the public involvement process, are encouraged to contact the project team for the coordination of support services.

Should accommodation be required, please contact David Goffinet at 812-893-0642 or dgoffinet@midstatescorridor.com.