Mid-States Corridor Tier 1 Environmental Impact Study Continues Long Tradition
Lochmueller has a long history with the National Environmental Protection Act studies stretching back to the early 1990s. We led INDOT’s first Tiered Environmental Impact Study (EIS) (the Tier 1 EIS for I-69 from Evansville to Indianapolis) between 2000 and 2004. The tradition continues this week with the launch of another major Tier 1 EIS study for the Mid-States Corridor. This study will look at the possibility of a connection from the William H. Natcher Bridge at the Ohio River near Rockport via US 231 that would continue through middle-southern Indiana past the Huntingburg and Jasper area to I-69 somewhere to the north.
Tier 1 Studies begin by setting a purpose and need for the project. Then an assessment of alternatives against the goals set in the purpose and need begins. Alternatives are examined at every level from human or environmental impacts, cost benefits, even the type of roadway before a final preferred alternative is selected. Gathering public opinion and input is also critical to the process. The Public meetings will start in August and continue until the final decision is reached by the Federal Highway Administration in mid-2021.