(UNDATED) – Three public meetings are scheduled this week on the Mid-States Corridor Project, which examines the concept of an improved highway connection in southern Indiana.
The meetings will provide an update on the Tier 1 environmental study underway.
Meetings are planned for Loogootee, Bedford, and Jasper for the following dates and locations:
Tuesday, Feb. 18: Loogootee High School at 201 Brook Ave., in Loogootee
Wednesday, Feb. 19: Bedford Middle School at 1501 N St., in Bedford
Thursday, Feb. 20: Jasper Middle School at 3600 N. Portersville Rd., in Jasper
The public meetings are scheduled from 5:30 p.m. until 7 p.m. ET 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.