INDOT initiating Tier 2 environmental study on Mid-States Corridor

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October 11, 2023

INDOT initiating Tier 2 environmental study on Mid-States Corridor

RFP is next step in fine-tuning first section of new roadway

Mid-States Corridor

The Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) is moving forward with the next round of environmental studies on the Mid-States Corridor Project.  On or after November 14, 2023, the agency will advertise a Request for Proposals (RFP) seeking a consulting firm to conduct the Tier 2 environmental study on a portion of the future highway.

On September 9, 2023, the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and INDOT issued a Tier 1 Combined Final Environmental Impact Statement/Record of Decision (FEIS/ROD) for the Mid-States Corridor Project.

The Tier 1 preferred alternative begins at State Road 66 near the William H. Natcher Bridge that crosses the Ohio River at Rockport, Ind., continues through the Huntingburg and Jasper area and extends north to connect to Interstate 69. The preferred alternative corridor was divided into five Sections of Independent Utility (SIU).

The first Tier 2 study will focus on SIU 2, which runs from Interstate 64 to State Road 56 at Haysville. During the Tier 2 study designers will narrow their focus and create multiple alternatives (alignments) within the chosen Tier 1 corridor. A comparison of costs, impacts and benefits of each alternative will be used to select the final footprint for SIU 2.

During the Tier 2 National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) study, agencies, stakeholders, and the public will have the opportunity to provide input.

INDOT anticipates the selection of a consulting engineering firm by early 2024 and commencement of the Tier 2 study in Spring 2024. More information about the Mid-States Corridor Project is available here.

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