BLOOMINGTON, IN (WFIE) - Dozen of community leaders across Southern Indiana visited Bloomington Monday to discuss the I-69 expansion, but the Ohio River was on display as the Mt. Vernon Port of Indiana expects big growth in the completion of the interstate.
CEO of Ports of Indiana Rich Cooper says as water shipping costs fewer lives and dollars to use, it's still a major factor for businesses.
Currently, Cooper says the Mt Vernon Port has more goods through there than the other two ports combined.
He expects with I-69, more corporations will use that port.
Cooper says they haven't seen any growth yet, but it's coming.
"We've been talking with more companies who know it's going to be complete and you can sense the excitement," said Cooper. "Quite frankly, where southwestern Indiana may not have been in their long term plans, I think it's in their sights now."
Currently, the Mt Vernon port is the seventh largest inland port in the US. Cooper says with a connection right in their back door to both Canada and Mexico, that could change really quickly.