Western Bypass Project Unveiled In Posey County

After 8 years, Plans are finally set In place for the Western Bypass Project. The goal, is to relieve the Semi Traffic In the area

Posted: Jun 14, 2021 1:51 PM
Updated: Jun 14, 2021 1:56 PM

Residents In Posey County gathered Monday at the Hovey House for the unveiling of the Western Bypass Project. Officials tell 44News they have been working on this since June of 2013.

"The most important thing about this, it completes the Western Leg of the Bypass that was built some time ago," says Rick Conner, President of the American Structure Point

Over the last 8 years, many elected officials have been involved In this process. But Carl Schmitz, President of the Posey County Commissioners, was given the 'Champion of the Bypass Award' for seeing this project out until the end.

Schmitz says, "It's been more than a dream to get the semi traffic out of Posey County"

The main goal of the project is to relieve the semi traffic in the area. Officials say that by making a loop around Mt.Vernon, it will keep semis away from the Downtown and Residential areas... and much more.

"It will create jobs, tax revenue, and all kinds of improvements in the community," Conner says

This project is going to come in 3 different phases. The first phase will run from the North side of the city, and go Southwest all the way through the Base Road. And officials say it will cost around $22 Million. Construction is set to begin in 24 months

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