BY: DAVID SHEPHERD
JASPER -- A large crowd turned out for a meeting on a Mid-State’s Corridor Thursday evening at Jasper Middle School.
Residents were able to get information about the proposals, and give their feedback on the ideas.
"There's a lot of information and facts we need to get before we determine what route makes the most sense," explains Jasper mayor Dean Vonderheide. "When you talk about coming from 64 and, how do you pass through the Huntingburg and Jasper area, do you go to the east? Do they go to the west? They can do a lot of different pathways and I know they are sorting all of that out based on what makes the most sense; financially and, just from an impact on the environment and the economy."
Part of the Tier 1 Environmental Study includes looking at which routes are the most feasible, with the least negative impact on the community.
It also includes the public meetings like the ones we saw this week in Jasper, Bedford and Loogootee, for tax payers to make their voices heard.
A final route should be announced by October. So far, the plans are going forward thanks to both public and private contributions.