Mid-States Corridor: Comment period extended. Here's what you need to know.

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The Mid-States Corridor project team has confirmed the formal comment period for the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) has been extended until Tuesday, June 14.

The extension now means the formal comment period will last for 60 days. It was originally scheduled to conclude on May 31.

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INDOT selected "Route P" as its preferred route for the controversial Mid-States Corridor Project last month.

Route P begins in Spencer County at U.S. 231 until it reaches Interstate 64. It then extends through Dubois County, eventually connecting to I-69 through the U.S. 231 interchange. The route passes to the east of Huntingburg and Jasper by continuing northward. The 54-mile-long route briefly passes Loogootee to the east before winding its way to I-69 in Martin County.

How do I submit comments?

Written comments can be submitted by emailing info@MidStatesCorridor.com or by directly writing to the project office located at the Vincennes University Jasper Campus Administration Building Room 216 on 850 College Ave. Comments can also be submitted through the project website. A comment form can be downloaded and mailed to the address above. Comments can also be made in person at the office.

The purpose of the DEIS is to provide an overview of the project's study process, analysis and subsequent findings. It also examines possible economic and environmental factors related to the project.

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Submitted comments and the Mid States Corridor Project Team’s responses will be displayed in the Tier 1 Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS), which will be published at a later time.

What happens next?

Now that the preferred corridor has been confirmed, the Tier 1 Final Environmental Impact Statement will be prepared.

Tier 2 studies will then take place to offer a detailed breakdown of the estimated benefits and impacts this project might have at the local and county levels.

Construction cannot begin until the Tier 2 process is complete.

This article originally appeared on The Times-Mail: Mid-States Corridor: Comment Period Extended to June 14