HUNTINGBURG — The City of Huntingburg will contribute $350,000 to help fund a feasibility study required before the Midstate Corridor project can be designated as a state project and eligible for federal funding.
The Common Council approved the funding Tuesday night.
When INDOT receives the signed agreement stating that the $7 million needed for the study is covered, the project will get a project number, making it eligible for federal funding, said attorney Bill Kaiser, representing the Midstate Corridor project.
The Midstate Corridor is the proposed bypass road that would ultimately connect Dubois County to I-69. The local Midstate Corridor group has been working for years to get a four-lane, limited-access highway that would run north from Owensboro, Kentucky, go around Huntingburg and Jasper and continue north to connect to I-69.
The cost of the study will be funded with local money: half from private industry and half from public municipalities.
The private sector has raised about $3.8 million. The City of Jasper has committed to $1.4 million, which is 40 percent of the municipalities’ portion.
The Dubois County Council will consider contributing 50 percent of the municipalities’ portion, $1.75 million, at its meeting tonight. Huntingburg’s portion represents the remaining 10 percent.