Public meetings set for corridor route options

By CANDY NEAL
cneal@dcherald.com

Public meetings to view and get input on the remaining options for the Mid-States Corridor will be held in mid-February.

The meetings are scheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 18 at Loogootee High School; Wednesday, Feb. 19, at Bedford Middle School; and Thursday, Feb. 20, at Jasper Middle School. They will include an open house from 5:30 to 7 p.m., with a presentation at 6 p.m., a project spokesperson said this morning.

The Mid-States Corridor is a proposed, four-lane, limited-access highway that would run north from Owensboro, Kentucky, and through Dubois County to connect to I-69.

The three to five route options being studied by the Lochmueller Group of Evansville, will be presented at the meetings. They include routes that run on the west side of the county, on its east side and right up the middle, Mark Schroeder told the Dubois County Council Monday. Schroeder is with the project’s Regional Development Authority.

“None of know at this point where that route is going to be,” he said.

Proposed sections and conceptual corridors

Schroeder and attorney Bill Kaiser came to the council to discuss the public funding for the $7 million environmental impact study that is being done for the project. Half of that is coming from the public sector and the other half from the private sector. Companies have already provided there part, which has covered costs so far, Schroeder explained.

The $3.5 million coming from government includes $1.75 million from Dubois County, $1.4 million from Jasper and $350,000 from Huntingburg. As of now, the county plans to appropriate $1,355,000 next month and the rest later, Council President Jerry Hunefeld told Schroeder. Huntingburg plans to allocate $85,000 in this first quarter and the rest in the second quarter; and Jasper will allocate $1 million in its first quarter and $400,000 in the second quarter, Hunefeld said.

Representatives of the Lochmueller Group will present the five route options to the council at its April 20 meeting, Kaiser said. The firm will continue studying those options through the summer and should announce a recommended route in October, he said.

Schroeder encouraged officials to let Lochmueller know their preference of where the road should run.

“The RDA, because of our role, can be an advocate for the road,” Schroeder said, “but we can’t be an advocate for a specific route or route type. But the county can. I would encourage the county and the cities and all the local industries to be very proactive in letting Lochmueller know, ‘This is where we think the route should go and this is why we think it should go there.’ I encourage you all to do that at every opportunity.”




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