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Survey Work Begins for Sherman Minton Bridge Renewal

New Albany, IN (April 22, 2019) – Survey work is scheduled to start Tuesday, April 23 as part of the design of the Sherman Minton Renewal project. The survey work will take two to three days to complete and will include up to two miles of single lane closures on I-64 between I-264 in Kentucky and I-265 in Indiana.

The lane closures are needed to allow the teams to safely conduct the survey work. Drivers will encounter a single westbound lane closure on Tuesday, April 23 from 6 a.m. to 3 p.m. and a single eastbound lane closure on Wednesday, April 24 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday, April 25 will be used, as needed, in case of weather or other delays.

The survey process follows the recent bridge inspection work conducted in early April. “The survey work is necessary to tie the project into the state survey grid for development of design plans,” said Ron Heustis, Indiana Department of Transportation project manager.

The Sherman Minton Renewal is a $90+ million rehabilitation and painting project that will significantly extend the service life of the 56-year-old bridge. The double-decked bridge carries six lanes of traffic (I-64 and US 150) over the Ohio River connecting Louisville, KY and New Albany, IN. Find more information at www.shermanmintonrenewal.com.

Construction is planned to start in early 2021. 

Global Marine Management and Operations Company Expanding

NEW ALBANY, Ind. (April  12, 2019) – HMS Global Maritime, an Indiana-based marine management and operations company, and its affiliate, American Queen Steamboat Company, announced plans today to expand in New Albany, creating up to 50 new jobs by the end of 2022. 

"Businesses like HMS Global Maritime and American Queen Steamboat Company are vital to Indiana’s success, helping propel the state’s economy and enriching their communities by providing quality career opportunities for Hoosiers,” said Indiana Economic Development Corporation (IEDC) President Elaine Bedel. “This commitment is an exciting step forward for Indiana, where our transportation and logistics industry is thriving in the Crossroads of America, as well as for the New Albany community, which continues to invest in its quality of place to support a growing talent base.” 

HMS Global Maritime and American Queen Steamboat Company, HMS Global Maritime's overnight cruise division, plan to invest nearly $800,000 over the next few years to renovate and equip a recently-purchased, 10,000-square-foot historic building at 213 Pearl St. in downtown New Albany. The new facility will house a training and customer service center for American Queen Steamboat Company, which will accommodate 200 to 300 hospitality and hotel trainees annually. Construction is underway, and the new facility is expected to be fully operational by the fall of this year. 

HMS Global Maritime and its affiliates, including American Queen Steamboat Company, employ 56 associates in Indiana across two existing New Albany facilities and a warehouse in Clark County. With this increased footprint, the companies will scale their teams in Indiana to support operations across the country. Hiring is expected to begin this summer with new positions in customer service and hospitality training. Interested applicants may go online to apply for open positions.

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Floyd County Homestead Awards Application Period Open

In celebration of Floyd County’s Bicentennial, the Floyd County Board of Commissioners are announcing the opening of the application period for the Floyd County Homestead Award. This award will honor families who have owned property in Floyd County.

Hoosier Homestead AwardTo be recognized, a parcel must be owned by the same family or extended family and maintained continuous ownership for one of the four distinct time periods.  Families are eligible for four distinct awards based on the age of the parcel.  Families can receive Semi-centennial award for 50 years, Centennial award for 100 years, Sesquicentennial Award for 150 years or Bicentennial Award for 200 years of ownership.  

For those wishing to be part of the Bicentennial Homestead Luncheon scheduled for Thursday, June 6 as part of the Floyd County 4H Fair the deadline for submission is Friday, May 10, 2019. 

For those wishing for just the award, the application period for the Bicentennial Homestead Awards will last until December 31, 2019. 

Click here for the Floyd County Homestead Awards Application or call the Floyd County Commissioners office at 812.948.5466 for more information.  

Moser Road Traffic Update

Moser Knobs Road will be closed from April 1st until June 1st weather permitting for repairs. For more information please contact the Hwy Department

SWCD Offers Funds for Invasive Plant Control

The Floyd County Soil & Water Conservation District announces funds are now available to landowners through newly released 2019 Clean Water Indiana grants.

Floyd County is offering funds for a new program to assist in the evaluation and eradication of invasive plants on your acreage. The SWCD is offering to pay a portion of the assistance provided by a consultant forester to help homeowners and landusers to identify invasive species on their property. This grant will also offer a trade-in payment for eradication and replacement of invasive plants in your yard. These invasive plants include the Callery/Bradford Pear Tree, Japanese Barberry, and Burning Bush.

For more information and cost-share rates and reimbursements, please contact Angel Jackson at the Floyd County Soil & Water Conservation District office at 812-945-9936.

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