Corridor study does not add up

To the editor:

Recently I read the article on the Economic Study for the Mid-States Corridor commissioned by Dubois Strong. After reading the entire 200+ page report, I found there are assumptions that just do not add up. The study projects the highway will double the population in Dubois County to 82,000 several years after completion. Do we really want or need that much growth? Are we trying to become a major metro area? Are there better ways to grow at a more reasonable and sustainable rate? Maybe focus on affordable housing? The individuals supporting this effort have been promoting that this highway will bring in more business and high paying jobs, yet the study talks about more gas stations, restaurants and hotels along the highway. Will these businesses offer high paying jobs? In another section, they give examples of "similar" highway projects but three of the four examples were expanding an existing two-lane road to four lanes. None of these examples give evidence of added growth and business.

These are just a few examples of the misguided assumptions in this self-serving study being pushed on the residents of Dubois, Spencer, and other counties that would be affected by this highway just to appease a few large business owners in Jasper and Huntingburg. It is also obvious these supporters do not care about how this will affect the residents of other counties like Orange, or the negative environmental impacts it will have. There are over 5,500 signatures of residents in Dubois County alone that are opposed to this project and I am sure there are thousands more throughout the other counties against this highway.

—Mark Nowotarski

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