Purpose of the Heavy Haul Transportation Corridor (HHTC) in Clark County is to provide continuous connectivity for transporting heavy loads between River Ridge Commerce Center and the Ports of Indiana at Jeffersonville via the interchange at State Road 265/Old Salem Road. The HHTC is needed to meet the current needs and future demands of expanding commercial and industrial development in the region, development that would otherwise mix an increasing volume of heavy haul vehicles with local traffic.
The Indiana Economic Development Corporation, Ports of Indiana, Kentuckiana Regional Planning and Development Agency, Clark County, Jeffersonville Redevelopment Commission and River Ridge Development Authority are partnering with the Indiana Department of Transportation to develop this federally funded project.
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Designed to accommodate “heavy haul” specifications, the route would be built as a 2-lane urban minor arterial road with 14½-inch thick pavement over a lime stabilized subgrade. The roadway will consist of 2 lanes 13 feet wide with 11-foot outside shoulders. Design speed is 35 mph.
Preparation of the project’s Environmental Document began in the spring of 2014 and continues into the first quarter of 2018. Design development began in early 2016 and should continue through the second quarter of 2019.
INDOT’s right-of-way acquisition is scheduled to start in the third quarter of 2018.
Actual construction is tentatively slated to start in the third quarter of 2019 and continuing into the fourth quarter of 2020 at an estimated cost of $18.6 million.
New Rail Corridor
Acquisition of right-of-way for a new rail connection between River Ridge and the Ports of Indiana is scheduled to begin after the Heavy Haul Corridor has been completed. The right-of-way acquisition will require a separate environmental study from the HHTC study currently being completed. This new corridor would allow for future construction of a rail line that would enable Indiana’s Ohio River port to increase freight capacity and transfer bulk shipments more efficiently from tracks and rail to barges. The estimated cost of the right-of-way is $1.3 million.
The first stage of Heavy Haul Corridor construction was completed in December of 2016 along with the opening of the East End Bridge which connects Utica, Indiana with Prospect, Kentucky. This section of heavy-haul roadway connects S.R. 265 and S.R. 62 by way of River Ridge Commerce Center. The $10.5 million project cost did not include any federal funding.
Draft Environmental Assessment
- Appendix A - Graphics
- Appendix B - Early Coordination
- Appendix C - Section 106
- Appendix D - Red Flag and Hazmat
- Appendix E - Ecological Information
- Appendix F - Public Involvement
- Appendix G - Air Quality
- Appendix H - Noise
- Appendix I - Section 7 Consultation
- Appendix J - Additional Studies
- Draft Environmental Assessment Form
- Full DEA Document (134,00 KB)
FONSI and Final Enviromental Assessment
- Federal Highway Finding of No Signifigant Impact Administration's Review Documents
- Attachment 1 - Approved Enviromental Assessment
- Attachment 2 - Public Involvement
- Attachment 3 - Response to Public Hearing Comments Received
- Attachment 4 - Response to MOU Agency Comments Received for the Karst Report
- Attachment 6 - Project Comments
- Attachment 7 - Revised Plans
- Attachment 8 - Continued Coordination eith NRCS
- Public Hearing Presentation (February 2018)
- Notice of Public Hearing
- Public Meeting Presentation (April 2017)
- Public Meeting Handout (January 2016)