French Lick Resort Officials Throw Support Behind Mid-State's Corridor Proposed "Route O", Public Meetings Begin Tonight


FRENCH LICK -- Officials at the French Lick Resort say they are all for the Mid-State’s Corridor.

The French Lick Parkway Coalition is an advocacy group representing the resort.  It’s pushing for the “Route O” option, which would travel northeast to the French Lick area, go north through Bedford and eventually connect to I 69 in Bloomington.

The Mid-State’s Regional Development Authority announced 10 alternatives with five possible routes.

Developers looking at a Mid-State’s Corridor through Dubois and surrounding counties want to hear from you at one of three public meetings this week.

Public Meetings will be held in Jasper, Loogootee and Bedford.

Tuesday, Feb. 18: Loogootee High School
201 Brooks Ave., Loogootee, IN

Wednesday, Feb. 19: Bedford Middle School
1501 N St., Bedford, IN

Thursday, Feb. 20: Jasper Middle School
3600 N. Portersville Rd., Jasper, IN

The meetings are scheduled 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. ET and will feature an open house format. A presentation is planned for 6 p.m. each night. Project team members will be available for one-on-one conversations and questionnaires will be available to gather public input.

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."

"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 take a look at the routes being considered: