Letter: Stick together to oppose Mid-States Corridor

In this election season, it’s often difficult to get our candidates to take a position on an issue, especially if it might be a highly charged issue, like a new terrain highway. I have sent position statement requests to every gubernatorial candidate, our local and state Representative and Senate candidates, the Martin County Alliance, and…

Letter: Stop the land grab; Fix the roads we have

I feel so fortunate to live in a community that, since its earliest days, has brought people together to create a place comprised of small towns in the midst of very productive farmland. This, by necessity, requires large undeveloped acreages to stay productive. Though much has been lost in the past few years, many unsung heroes…

Letter: Mid-States Corridor bad for local farmers

The article in the February 21, 2024 issue of the Martin County Journal titled “Indiana remains a top agricultural state according to new census” is spot on and should provide reason enough to oppose the Mid-State Corridor. It lists Dubois and Daviess counties in the top five Indiana counties for the largest number of farms (Daviess) and…

Mid-States Corridor: Best intentions and best interests don’t always match up

It’s noteworthy that Martin County is considering a Wheel Tax to afford the upkeep of our local roads. Could this have something to do with the fact that over half of the county is tax-exempt? Crane and the Hoosier State Forest don’t contribute as much to our county as our farms and businesses. The Mid-State…

Letter: Support a different candidate to avoid Mid-State boondoggle

The 2024 political season is underway, and some people will rejoice while others will lament this fact of life. The airwaves will be full of political ads, and there will be yard signs galore. Don’t let the glib promises fool you, and don’t be fooled into thinking that the Mid-State Corridor is in our best…

Letter: The absurd “minimal” impact of Mid-States Corridor

Thanksgiving is over, and I’m sure we all gave thanks for our families, friends and many other things. Did any of us give thanks for the fact that we live in an area that has fresh air, large green open spaces, abundant wildlife and a moderate climate? The Mid-State Corridor is trying to claim that…

INDOT initiating Tier 2 environmental study on Mid-States Corridor

RFP is next step in fine-tuning first section of new roadway The Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) is moving forward with the next round of environmental studies on the Mid-States Corridor Project.  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…

Mid-States Corridor project office closing

Project Team Members Available by Appointment The Mid-States Corridor Project Office will end regular office hours for drop-in visits at Vincennes University Jasper. Moving forward, members of the public will still be able to make appointments to meet with representatives from the Project Team. Individuals interested in scheduling an in-person or virtual meeting should email…

Mid-States corridor Tier 1 study finalized, published

Federal Register Notice of Availability scheduled for next week The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and the Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) have issued a Tier 1 Combined Final Environmental Impact Statement/Record of Decision (FEIS/ROD) for the Mid-States Corridor Study. The document includes changes to the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) based on agency and public…