Lawrence County Coalition to Meet April 21st Despite Announcement on Mid-State Corridor Route
MITCHELL ( April 13, 2022) - The Lawrence County Town Hall Coalition will still meet on April 21st, 2022 at 6:30 p.m. The meeting will be held at the Emerson Gym on 8th Street in Mitchell
This will still take place according to Julia Lowe, organizer for the event told the Lawrence County Zephyr Tuesday night.
This is despite the Indiana Department of Transporation annoucing the perferred route of "Alternative Route P"
" Yes the meeting is still happening. and we are still planning a meeting in Martin County. There are a lot of moving parts and its not certain the path they will chose," said Lowe.
(The Indiana Department of Transportation perferred Route is P)
The Town Hall meeting is arranged by people from Lawrence and surrounding counties.
The Mid-States Corridor Regional Development Authority (RDA) and Indiana Department of Transportation are conducting a required Tiered I Environmental Study to identify a preferred corridor and have published maps of several different routes across southern Indiana that will be narrowed down to Mitchell and then new terrain highway should be constructed starting at the light in Mitchell heading west on U.S. 60 briefly before taking an extreme turn south through Orange County farmland and important karst drainage areas in Lost River Basin.
"Roads have never been built there for a reason and the people that lie in the path of this highway do not want it and don't need it,"
According to the group that is why the Coalition Against Mid-States Corridor has organized to say to both the RDA and INDOT that the people from Dubious, Martin and Orange Counties do not want this highway.
The questions remains what does the people of Lawrence County want? This meeting will allow for print outs and maps of the proposed route, and hear the conversation about the plans has for Lawrence County.
The host of the event is Julie Lowe, who sits on the Executive Committe Chair at Sierra Club Hoosier Chapter. The Lawrence County Zephyr has reached out to Julie for an interview and is hoping to provide more information prior to this meeting.