Officials with the Mid-States Corridor expect to pick a preferred route this fall to connect Southern Indiana to Central Indiana.
Four proposals are now being considered for a new road beginning just across the Ohio River near Owensboro, Kentucky, and traveling through southern Indiana to somewhere along I-69. The exact termination point of the road has yet to be determined.
Crawford, Daviess, Dubois, Greene, Lawrence, Martin, Monroe, Perry, Pike, Spencer, and Warrick counties are all included in the project study areas.
Officials eliminated the possibility of building a freeway.
“The super two is being considered along with expressway, and again expressway at least two lanes in each direction, access at interchanges and at grade intersections. And then super two is one travel lane in each direction,” said Mid-States Corridor Spokesperson Mindy Peterson.
Upgrading and re-aligning Highway 231 is also being considered as an option. A final decision on the type of road won’t be made until the project reaches the next tier of study.
“There's no timetable yet for when Tier Two studies would start, but those are expected to take about two years to complete,” said Peterson.
A draft environmental impact statement will be published this fall, and a series of public meetings will gather input on the route.
The project’s Jasper office is open. Anyone with questions or concerns can call 812-482-3116.