Improved transportation important for many reasons

Editor:

As an economic development professional in southern Indiana, I am aware of the immeasurable value that new and improved transportation links can add to the safety, local economy, and quality of life for the communities we serve. We have seen numerous examples of southern Indiana communities that have grown and prospered because high value highways have been built and served them for many years.

Our region is currently hosting a study of the MidStates Corridor, a proposed new upgrade to southern Indiana’s transportation infrastructure, and we encourage the region to support this opportunity for another improvement in safety, convenience, and economic growth. Although there are many routes under consideration at this time, we believe that whichever route is ultimately chosen and constructed, there will be benefits enjoyed throughout our region for generations to come.

The new highway can help to separate different classes of traffic, removing many heavy and through vehicles from our local roads. This improvement in separating vehicles of different weights, speeds, and purposes will be a great improvement in safety for local drivers, allowing them to encounter fewer heavy trucks that are passing through the region.

And just as importantly, the new highway, whatever route it traverses, will offer businesses better access to markets, suppliers, and customers, meaning that higher business investment and increased job creation can take place here among our communities. Our local retailers can hope to see more business, our communities can strive for more residential growth, and our schools can pursue increased attendance and funding.

We look forward to working with a broad coalition of local leaders to support the development of the new MidStates Corridor in our region within the next few years.

Jeff Quyle, Radius Indiana

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