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jnewkirk77:
The proposed Mid-States Corridor now has a Tier 1 study underway. The proposed project, which is the first to be funded by a Regional Development Authority as authorized by the Indiana General Assembly in 2017, would connect I-165 in Kentucky with I-64 and I-69.

Lochmueller Group is doing the study, which should be done in 2021.

http://www.insideindianabusiness.com/story/40772909/proposed-southwest-indiana-highway-project-gains-speed

A map is available of the preliminary alternatives at the above link. The project is divided into three sections, which are as follows:

Section 1 - KY State Line to I-64
1A - Existing US 231 through Spencer County, which would be upgraded as needed

Section 2 - I-64 to Haysville
2A - Western bypass of Huntingburg and Jasper, north to SR 56 at Haysville
2B - Follows US 231 through Huntingburg and Jasper, north to Haysville
2C - Eastern bypass of Huntingburg and Jasper, north to Haysville

Section 3 - Haysville to either Petersburg, Washington, Crane, Bedford or Mitchell
3A - Follows SR 56 west from Jasper to I-69 at Petersburg
3B - New terrain route NW from Haysville to I-69 at Washington
3C - Follows US 231 north from Haysville, western bypass of Loogootee, and 231 north to I-69 at Crane
3D - Follows US 231 north from Haysville, eastern bypass of Loogootee, and 231 north to I-69 at Crane
3E - Follows US 231 north from Haysville, eastern bypass of Loogootee, and US 50/150 and SR 450 to SR 37 at Bedford
3F - Follows SR 56 east from Haysville through French Lick/West Baden Springs, NE over new terrain to SR 37 at Mitchell

Life in Paradise:
From driving this area over 40 years, the Jasper/Huntingburg connection to I-64 should have been addressed 30+ years ago due to the various factories, etc in this area.  In the 70s a super two was put in between the two towns and bypassed some auto dealerships, but did nothing whatsoever to lessen the traffic in Huntingburg or Jasper.

The less expensive way to connect it to I-69 would be either going on highway 56 or straight to Washington (a lot of the terrain is relatively flat).  That being said, perhaps the best benefit would be to run it up near French Lick (got to have those tourism/casino tax dollars) and hook up near Mitchell or do an east bypass of Loogootee and shoot it along US 50, which would benefit that rural area and enhance the US-50 corridor across the state (but you are building through the Hoosier National Forest and the work might mess up Bluespring Caverns near Bedford).

cabiness42:
I can see doing a bypass of Huntingburg and Jasper, but six-laning the rest of I-65 and I-70 should be a much bigger priority than converting any other parts of 231 to freeway.

jnewkirk77:

--- Quote from: cabiness42 on July 15, 2019, 03:02:25 PM ---I can see doing a bypass of Huntingburg and Jasper, but six-laning the rest of I-65 and I-70 should be a much bigger priority than converting any other parts of 231 to freeway.

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The RDA has to figure out how to fund it. My understanding is that these authorities are a way to keep from eating up money intended for other things. I agree 65 and 70 need to be done ASAP.

jnewkirk77:

--- Quote from: Life in Paradise on July 15, 2019, 12:21:30 PM ---From driving this area over 40 years, the Jasper/Huntingburg connection to I-64 should have been addressed 30+ years ago due to the various factories, etc in this area.  In the 70s a super two was put in between the two towns and bypassed some auto dealerships, but did nothing whatsoever to lessen the traffic in Huntingburg or Jasper.

The less expensive way to connect it to I-69 would be either going on highway 56 or straight to Washington (a lot of the terrain is relatively flat).  That being said, perhaps the best benefit would be to run it up near French Lick (got to have those tourism/casino tax dollars) and hook up near Mitchell or do an east bypass of Loogootee and shoot it along US 50, which would benefit that rural area and enhance the US-50 corridor across the state (but you are building through the Hoosier National Forest and the work might mess up Bluespring Caverns near Bedford).

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At first look, I think it's gonna be hard to pick a route. None of them will be cheap. I think the eastern options are going to fall away because of cost and environmental factors that just don't exist going west, northwest or north from Dubois County.

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