Road construction ahead. (Regional Report: Southwest).Road maps of southwest Indiana will take on a new look over the next several years. A number of highway construction projects are under way or in the planning stages.
The project most on the minds of government officials, economic-development specialists and business leaders throughout southwest Indiana is the Interstate 69 corridor between Indianapolis and Evansville.
"We are in the process of a three-year study to determine the I-69 link between Indianapolis and Evansville," says J. Bryan Nicol, commissioner of the Indiana Department of Transportation The Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) is a governmental agency of the U.S. state of Indiana charged with maintaining and regulating transportation and transportation related infrastructure such as state owned airports, state highways and state owned canals or railroads, . "The study includes very detailed analysis of five potential routes. We expect to announce the preferred route by the end of the year."
A number of criteria will be used to determine the final route for I-69. "We'll consider key transportation measures, economic-performance measures and national and international performance measures" says Nicol. "I-69 will be the major connection between Canada and Mexico, so on a national level we have to determine how the corridor ties in and meets freight movement between the three countries."
Other factors that will help determine the I-69 corridor include its impact on jobs and income levels, travel time, accessibility, traffic congestion The condition of a network when there is not enough bandwidth to support the current traffic load.
congestion - When the offered load of a data communication path exceeds the capacity. and safety issues.
Posey A posey can be a flower bouquet. As a surname it is of French and English origins, originating and or derived from the greek word Desposyni. People whose surname is or was Posey include:
Mount Vernon, NE Va., overlooking the Potomac River near Alexandria, S of Washington, D.C.; home of George Washington from 1747 until his death in 1799. ; improvements to the westernmost stretch of Interstate 64 from the Griffin exit to the Illinois state line, including rebuilding berms and repaving; and the widening of S.R. 62 through Mount Vernon to ease traffic congestion through the town.
The S.R. 69 project has been constructed in four stages, with the final stage, which begins just north of Mount Vernon and ends just south of New Harmony New Harmony, town (1990 pop. 846), Posey co., SW Ind., on the Wabash River; founded 1814 by the Harmony Society under George Rapp. In 1825 the Harmonists sold their holdings to Robert Owen and moved to Economy, Pa., where their sect survived into the early 1900s. , scheduled for completion in 2003. Melvin Levin lev·in
[Middle English levene, levin; see leuk- in Indo-European roots.] , chairman of the Mount Vernon Chamber of Commerce Transportation Committee, says improvements to S.R. 69 will provide better access from Interstate 64 to the Southwind Maritime Centre on the Ohio River Ohio River
Major river, eastern central U.S. Formed by the confluence of the Allegheny and Monongahela rivers, it flows northwest out of Pennsylvania, and west and southwest to form the state boundaries of Ohio–West Virginia, Ohio-Kentucky, Indiana-Kentucky, and and to Mount Vernon businesses such as General Electric.
Of great concern to Posey County residents, farmers and businesses, as well as to those across the Wabash River Wabash River
River, flowing westward across Indiana, U.S. After crossing Indiana, the Wabash forms the 200-mi (320-km) southern section of the Indiana-Illinois boundary below Terre Haute, Ind. in southern Illinois, is the New Harmony bridge, which was scheduled for closing at the end of 2002 due to lack of funding for maintenance. Up to 1,500 cars and farm vehicles cross the bridge each day. At the 11th hour, the White County (Illinois) Bridge Commission was able to obtain $120,000 to keep the bridge operating for another year. Levin estimates that it will take between $25 million and $30 million to build a new bridge at New Harmony, or 10 percent of that to refurbish re·fur·bish
tr.v. re·fur·bished, re·fur·bish·ing, re·fur·bish·es
To make clean, bright, or fresh again; renovate.
re·fur the current bridge. Legislators in both states are working to secure a more permanent solution, but the bridge's ultimate fate remains uncertain.
Closing the bridge could have fairly serious consequences on business in the area. Doubling the commute TO COMMUTE. To substitute one punishment in the place of another. For example, if a man be sentenced to be hung, the executive may, in some states, commute his punishment to that of imprisonment. time between New Harmony and Crossville, Ill., closing the bridge could deter Illinois farmers from making the trek to Indiana to sell their grain at the Posey County Co-op. Retail traffic coming in from southern Illinois would also likely be negatively affected.
Future plans also call for S.R. 62 to be widened to four lanes west from Boonville to I-64, but the first phase of the project, the section between Boonville and Chandler, has been delayed due to problems with moving utilities from the right of way.
An especially significant pair of projects involves upgrades to U.S. 231 and the highway's soon-to-open Ohio River crossing, the Natcher Bridge. "The impact of those two projects on Spencer County Spencer County is the name of two or more counties in the United States:
Construction of the $55 million bridge project began in December 1997, and the bridge is tentatively scheduled to open in August. The 4,510-foot, cable-stayed twin-tower structure crosses the Ohio River between Rockport and Maceo, Ky. While primarily a Kentucky project, Indiana also provided some funding. A river port, one of five along the Ohio River, will be located at the base of the bridge.
Construction of the realignment re·a·lign
tr.v. re·a·ligned, re·a·lign·ing, re·a·ligns
1. To put back into proper order or alignment.
2. To make new groupings of or working arrangements between. of U.S. 231 is scheduled to begin later this year. The $120 million project will upgrade the road to four lanes from the Natcher Bridge to I-64 near Dale.
A proposed U.S. 231 bypass around Jasper and Huntingburg is crucial to future economic development in Dubois County, according to according to
1. As stated or indicated by; on the authority of: according to historians.
2. In keeping with: according to instructions.
3. Gail Kemp, the mayor of Huntingburg. Three proposed routes are currently under study: one to the west of the two communities, one that runs to the east and a combination route that makes an "S" through both towns. The four-lane bypass will alleviate traffic congestion in both Jasper and Huntingburg.