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$600,000 set aside for I-64 interchange

The U.S. House of Representatives Monday approved $600,000 in highway funding for a proposed second Interstate 64 interchange at Corydon.
‘This is vital funding for the Harrison County Interchange project,’ said Indiana Ninth District Congressman Baron Hill in a written announcement. ‘The people of Harrison County need this project. It will bring increased mobility, safety and an improved quality of life.
‘Most importantly, completion of this project will bring increased economic development opportunities to the area. While this is just the first step in the legislative process, it is a very positive step.’
The House Bill, referred to as the ‘Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users (TEA LU),’ provides funding over the next six years for local and state transportation projects. The bill must still past the Senate.
Harrison County Engineer Darin Duncan said the funding would likely be enough to start the environmental review portion of the interchange project.
More significantly, he said, the funding approval will allow Harrison County to apply for more funding each year, as the opportunity arises.
This new interchange would significantly relieve congestion for the 46,000 vehicles that use the only I-64 interchange each day in Corydon, Hill said.
While the current traffic volumes are staggering for the Corydon area, the traffic projections for the future look far worse. With the area’s population growing at more than three times the statewide average, Hill said it is apparent this will become an unworkable situation in the near future.
Even though Hill obtained the funding for Harrison County, he voted against the final legislation, he said, because the overall bill shortchanges the state of Indiana.
‘I will work with the House and Senate leaders toward improving this bill for Indiana as it moves through the legislative process,’ Hill said.