Yesterday, members of the I-67 Development Corporation gave an update on the progress of the Interstate 67 project at an afternoon press conference at the OFS Brands building in Huntingburg.
I-67 Development Corporation President Hank Menke, Jasper Mayor Terry Seitz, Huntingburg Mayor Denny Spinner, and Eric Shue were the I-67 Board members present at the press conference.
The press conference comes on the heels of the group’s trip to Washington D.C. to meet with lawmakers last Tuesday. Menke says the group received a lot of support for the project from Indiana’s representatives in Washington. He says having an interstate going north and south is critical for attracting people to the area in the long-term.
Seitz also believes that an interstate would do wonders for the area. He says the highway is more important to the region to better connect it with the rest of Indiana because of the area’s tax contributions to the state.
The group has already raised money for and completed a feasibility study for the new road through Cambridge Systematics, a study that the group says showed a strong case for the highway being built. Menke says this interstate could be the cheapest interstate ever conceived due to the fact that 90 percent of the route is existing roads, and thus is already completed.
The group met with Indiana 7th District Congressman Andre Carson, 8th District Congressman Larry Bucshon, and Indiana Senators Joe Donnelly and Dan Coats among others during their Washington trip.