Proposed corridor project gets study consultant

From Local Sources

INDIANAPOLIS — The Mid-States Corridor Regional Development Authority and the Indiana Department of Transportation have selected the Lochmueller Group of Evansville as the consultant for the completion of a Tier 1 Study for the Mid-States Corridor project.

The 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.

The Mid-States Corridor would be a four-lane, limited-access highway that would run north from Owensboro, Kentucky, go around Huntingburg and Jasper and continue north to connect to I-69.

The next steps in the process will include the scoping of the project and final contract negotiations between the RDA, INDOT and the Lochmueller Group. The RDA and INDOT will work together during the next phase of the contract negotiation process, which is expected to commence early this month and is expected to take approximately two months to finalize. The initiation of the Tier 1 Study is expected to begin immediately following the execution of the contract, with a projected completion date within two years following the study initiation.   

“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,” said Mark Schroeder, chairman of the Mid-States Corridor Regional Development Authority. “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.” 

The Mid-States Corridor Regional Development Authority initiative originated as a locally-sponsored and funded infrastructure project, which was made possible by recent legislation sponsored by Indiana Sen. Mark Messmer and U.S. Sen. Mike Braun. This legislation, which was commonly known as Indiana Senate Bill 128, was enacted as of July 1, 2017.

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