Members of the I-67 Development Corporation traveled to Washington, D.C. on Tuesday as part of a fly-in so the group could update local representatives on the road project.
Members Hank Menke, Eric Schue, David Holt, Huntingburg Mayor Denny Spinner, Jasper Mayor Terry Seitz, Nick Brake, Amy Jackson, John DiDomizio , Tonya Brothers-Bridge , and Steven Reeves, the Deputy Chief of Staff for Congressman Larry Bucshon, converged on the nation’s capital to meet with lawmakers and plead their case for the new road.
Members met earlier this year with INDOT officials and Indiana Lt. Governor Sue Ellspermann to get feedback for the next steps in the process. The group had raised money for and has completed a feasibility study for the roadway with Cambridge Systematics, a study which showed a strong case for the road being built, citing safety concerns and economic development opportunities.
The group’s main goal in Washington, D.C. was to keep the momentum going according to Hank Menke, President of the I-67 Development Corporation and also President of OFS Brands, Inc.
Menke says the road means so much to the region economically, and with the completion of I-69 on the not too distant horizon, the road will help to strengthen the area’s connection to Indianapolis while saving transportation dollars that can be put back to the bottom line for so many companies in Southern Indiana and Western Kentucky.
The group met with Indiana representatives Andre Carson, Larry Bucshon and the Staff for the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, Indiana Senator Dan Coats, Congressman Todd Young and Senator Joe Donnelly as well as Kentucky Senator Mitch McConnell and Congressman Brett Guthrie.