According to the Lochmueller Group, more than 3,000 screening report questionnaires were completed and are being reviewed by the Mid-States Corridor Project Team.
The questionnaire was available at public meetings in February, online at the project website, and in 17 area library locations. Responses were accepted through March 23.
According to Mindy Peterson, spokesperson for the study group, more than 80 percent of the 3,074 respondents live or work in the project study area.
She reported that no clear route emerged as a favorite of respondents when asked to rank the routes in order of their preference. Route B which goes to the west and meets up with I-69 near Washington and Route P which closely follows the existing U.S. 231 were tied as the top preference with Routes M, C and O following closely behind. All routes are being evaluated based on benefits, impacts and costs. A no-build option is also considered as part of the study.
Responses regarding facility types were also closely bunched, with no clear preference for a freeway, expressway or Super-2. Responses to two open-ended questions regarding any natural or man-made features that should be considered or any additional comments are being reviewed by the Project Team.
Meaningful public involvement is a key part of the environmental study process and helps to inform the work underway, Peterson added. Comments are always welcomed and can be made through their website, https://midstatescorridor.com/.