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JASPER, Ind. — Now that I-69 is complete from Evansville to Martinsville, there will soon be a new highway connecting some other cities in southwest Indiana to the interstate.

The Mid-States Corridor project is expected to run from the Ohio River, through Huntingburg and Jasper, and connect to I-69, but the project team needs help deciding which route is best. 

Project spokesperson Mindy Peterson says the team is considering many factors during the screening process. 

“It really is a three-legged stool, looking at impact, cost and performance,” she tells Inside Indiana Business. “We’re talking about increased accessibility to major business markets. We’re talking about more efficient travel for trucks and freight in southern Indiana. We’re talking about reducing crashes in southern Indiana.”

The public will have three opportunities to voice their opinions on the highway project — Feb. 18 at Loogootee High School, Feb. 19 at Bedford Middle School and Feb. 20 at Jasper Middle School.

“We are working toward identifying a single preferred corridor by this fall, so the feedback that we get right now from both public and various agencies will help inform that decision,” Peterson said.

To view the routes being considered, click here

(PHOTO: Inside Indiana Business)