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INDOT identified a wide range of potential alignments for the completion of the bypass around North Vernon (see Preliminary Alternatives map below). Those alternatives were presented to the general public and to stakeholders for input through a public open house and numerous individual meetings. More information on the public involvement process can be found on the Public Involvement page.
Based on input received and preliminary environmental and engineering analyses, INDOT narrowed the list of alternatives for consideration to three alignments: Alternative 4B, Alternative 6D, and Alternative 6F/E (see Alternatives Selected for Detailed Study map below).
Following intensive environmental and engineering investigations, additional coordination with local, state, and federal agencies, and numerous meetings with community stakeholders, INDOT has identified Alternative 6D as the Preferred Alternative for the project. This alternative was selected because it best meets the project’s purpose and need: cost-effectively addressing congestion and safety concerns on existing U.S. 50 and supporting the community’s economic development goals, while minimizing impacts to the natural and built environment. A map of the Preferred Alternative is provided below. The project team will continue to refine the project’s design, which may result in minor changes to this alignment. Updates will be provided as the project progresses.