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[s49] LTE: New Harmony Bridge Decision Now in Local Officials' Hands
Start Date: 7/27/2012Start Time: 12:00 AM
End Date: 7/27/2012End Time: 11:59 PM
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I would like to take this opportunity to inform the citizens of Posey County, in particular those in New Harmony, and residents in White County Illinois what developments have taken place since the July 7 meeting Rep. Wendy McNamara and I held locally to explain the status of the New Harmony Bridge.

I have in my possession copies of two letters that were recently sent to all Posey and White County commissioners as well as Illinois Department of Transportation Secretary Ann Schneider and White County board members.

The first letter is from Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) Chief of Staff Troy Woodruff offering $10 million toward the building of a new bridge. This generous offer comes as a result of many months of work at the state level from Rep. McNamara and me working with INDOT officials on this issue. We fully understand the importance of that bridge to the communities of both Posey and White counties.

A second letter offering assistance sent to Posey and White County officials came from National Standard Finance (NSF) Senior Vice President John H. McCulloch. NSF is a firm based in Atlanta, Ga., that has a portfolio of approximately $3 billion and has helped cities of all sizes in financing projects.

As state legislators representing southwestern Indiana, Rep. McNamara and I have persistently and with much fortitude pursued the goal of obtaining a new bridge for the New Harmony area that will serve its residents long into the future. As time is limited on proceeding with this project, we look forward to hearing from local level officials from both counties as to what commitment they are willing to offer.

Sincerely,

State Senator Jim Tomes

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Contact Information:
Name: Whitney Moorman
Phone: 317-232-7184
Email: wmoorman@iga.in.gov
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