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(INDIANAPOLIS) – Indiana has a decision to make on a potential fourth port.

The state was supposed to decide by the end of last year whether to buy a former American Electric Power property in Lawrenceburg. That purchase option has been extended twice — a decision is due now at the end of June. 

Governor Holcomb says the state is analyzing soil samples, and assessing how much of the property could be developed. With 725 acres to go over, he says it takes time to do the job properly. He says it’s possible the state could elect to buy a smaller chunk of the land.

Then-Governor Mike Pence began the discussion of a Lawrenceburg port nearly four years ago in his State of the State address. It would be Indiana’s third port on the Ohio River, about 75 miles from the port in Jeffersonville.  Holcomb says that’s far enough away  to make a significant difference in the ability to ship goods in and out of Indiana.

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