Indiana’s fifth Amazon Distribution Center opened in Jeffersonville this week and officials say while the facilities begin stocking shelves they’ll be keeping an eye on traffic in the area.
The $150 million facility is currently employing between 600 to 800 employees on two shifts and that may increase during the holidays, said Mayor Mike Moore.
“Of course this is great news for the city of Jeff to have Amazon come, but there are more issues that we’re going to be dealing with and we’re going to get a little bit more every day, find out what needs to be done,” he said.
Moore’s referring to the traffic issues that could arise on Highway 62 near the River Ridge Commerce Center.
While the number of cars on the road will increase, police Chief Chris Grimm said it’s the 300 to 500 trucks that are more concerning. There will be an increase in state and local patrols but he asks drivers to use caution.
“If they haven’t traveled this road way, they just have to be aware of the new signals, they need to be aware of the extended turning lanes, they need to be aware that there’s just a lot more traffic that travels this roadway,” he said.
Mayor Moore said he expects Jeffersonville to attract more large businesses to River Ridge, but he couldn’t say whether any were close to an agreement with the city.
“Those decisions are made by companies with deep pockets and I’m here to help, but it’s certainly the decisions of the people that are going to spend the money to make that decision,” he said.
As Amazon and the Ohio River Bridges Project gets underway, Jeffersonville will be an attractive area to invest, said Moore. Although he expressed some surprise that smaller private investments like restaurants or gas stations haven’t popped up to serve the new population.