Groups of people voice questions and concerns over Mid-States Corridor Project
JASPER, Ind. (WFIE) - In Dubois County, a public hearing discussing the proposal for the Mid-States Corridor Project was held Thursday at the Jasper Arts Center on the Vincennes University Jasper Campus.
The Indiana Department of Transportation says the corridor would start at State Route 66 near the Natcher Bridge at Rockport.
It will continue north through the Huntingburg and Jasper areas and extend to connect to Interstate 69.
Project spokesperson Ed Green says sessions like Thursday’s meeting are vital to their decision-making process.
“We want their opinions. We want their insights. We want them to go to the website or participate in the meeting. That’s what this is about,” says Green, “the input that they offer is more important than any solution that we’ve offered. We want to hear from everybody.”
Local residents like David Ring, who has farmland that he says could be cut through by Alternative P, used the meeting to voice their concerns about the project.
Ring took the mic during the public comment portion of the meeting.
“Route P will destroy the highest percentage of farmland, rural crop ground, 40 percent more than the other routes and also 1.5 million in agriculture income,” says Ring.
Ring is a fourth-generation farmer, and he’s worried about the impact of the corridor on agriculture in Dubois County.
“Agriculture is very important here, and this has a bad effect on agriculture,” says Ring, “that’s the reason I’m doing this.”
Of the many people who spoke at the hearing, only a handful spoke in favor of the new proposed corridor.
The DEIS comment period runs through May 31, and the project team says they encourage people to still give them feedback online, even if they couldn’t make it to the meeting on Thursday.
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