Rep. McNamara addresses roadway improvement
INDOT, Ports of Indiana and local officials meet
STATEHOUSE – Rep. Wendy McNamara (R-Mount Vernon) hosted a meeting today to discuss a key infrastructure improvement for trucks heading west onto SR 62 from the port. Joining her at the meeting was the Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT), Ports of Indiana and the Mayor of Mount Vernon.
“The traffic concerns and safety of trucks exiting the Port has been a real concern for our area,” said Rep. McNamara. “This roadway improvement is necessary and will increase the safety of vehicles travelling on SR 62.”
INDOT is working on a proposal to connect the existing Mount Vernon Port entrance to State Street immediately to the west. The roadway improvement being considered would put a connector lane from the Port to State Street so traffic exiting the Port would lead to an existing stop light.
The project is in the preliminary design stage having just completed survey work. Initial hopes are to begin construction around March of next year.
“This project is really a win-win for the Port and local traffic,” said Rusty Fowler, INDOT Vincennes District Deputy Commissioner. “The Port will have controlled access for trucks exiting to the west coming to a stop light, which is safer than having trucks cross four lanes of traffic to head west on SR 62.
“We appreciate the support and help from Rep. McNamara in helping us navigate a positive solution that is of benefit to the Port, the town of Mt. Vernon, and ultimately the safety of the traveling public.”
Fowler also mentioned that the project will be primarily funded by INDOT with some funding from the Port. Discussions are ongoing.
“This has been a continuing issue for our community and the Port,” said Rep. McNamara. “I truly appreciate all of the hard work that the Port and INDOT have put into making this project a reality.
“My goal has always been to increase the safety for our community and our local farmers in addition to boosting the economic capabilities of the Port by creating a freight corridor for outgoing trucks.”