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Local counties, cities, and businesses work to make Midstate Corridor happen

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CEO, Mike Braun, has been working for Meyer Distributing in Jasper for nearly 30 years.

He's excited at the possibility of a new highway that could help his business thrive.

"Roads were not that big a deal 30 years ago now if you don't have access with a good four lane road you can become isolated overtime," said Braun.

Meyer Distributing isn't the only business that's feeling the heat. Several other big employers like Kimball electronics, Kimball International, Masterbrand, and OFS Styline feel like interstate grade roads are crucial for their development.

Their trucks must drive through residential areas to get to get through Dubois Co. on U.S. 231.

Braun said the new road would link to 231 where it ends in Spencer County, and extend up the east side of Dubois county. Further out, it may also connect with French Lick and Mitchell.

In the past few weeks, the representatives of the cities of Jasper and Huntingburg, along with Spencer and Dubois counties,have come together to form the Regional Development Authority. The group is spearheading a push to raise money for a four lane road that connects to I-69, which could be called the midstate corridor.

"What we don't want to happen to Dubois county is to be an island," said Dubois County Commissioner Chad Blessinger.

"It'd be a big game changer you'd not only be helping all the businesses who are are already here who are now getting bottlenecked by poor infrastructure you'd get other people moving into the area as well," said Braun.

Businesses are so passionate about this, they're willing to put in their own money. Braun said some companies are planning to invest six figures or even millions to see this project become a reality.

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