(BEDFORD) – A public meeting is scheduled tonight at Bedford Middle School regarding the Mid-States Corridor Project, which examines the concept of an improved highway connection in southern Indiana.
The meeting will provide an update on the Tier 1 environmental study that is underway.
A meeting is planned on Thursday at Jasper Middle School at 3600 N. Portersville Road.
The public meetings are scheduled from 5:30 p.m. until 7 p.m. and will feature an open house format. A presentation is planned for 6 p.m. each night. Project team members will be at multiple stations to answer questions and questionnaires will be available to gather public input.
The Screening Report will be posted on the project website in advance of the meetings.
The Mid-States Corridor Regional Development Authority (RDA) and the Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) are conducting 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 State Road 66 near the William H. Natcher Bridge crossing the Ohio River at Rockport, continue generally through the Huntingburg and Jasper area and extend north to connect to Interstate 69.
The Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) is expected to be published this fall and will identify a preferred corridor. A Record of Decision (ROD) is 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.