Steps Continue Toward I69 Bridge linking Western IN and KY

 (NETWORK INDIANA)   Progress is being made in the effort to figure out how to approach a new bridge connecting Indiana to Kentucky between Evansville and Henderson, Kentucky.

I-69 Ohio River Crossing project spokesperson Mindy Peterson tells Inside Indiana Business, hundreds of people have attended open houses and submitted comments, which has assisted the effort.

She adds after the final recommendation is made, public hearings in both Indiana and Kentucky will be held to hear any questions or concerns about the recommended location for a bridge. This will clear the way for a final environmental impact statement to be made on the suggested site. That, along with a “Record of Decision” on the bridge site are not expected to come until the fall 2019.

The project team released the short list of potential corridors in July. Those corridors are being further evaluated in the DEIS. The $860 million “Central Corridor 1” route was recommended by BridgeLink, a group of stakeholders that includes the mayors of both cities.

A second proposed corridor would take the existing US 41 Twin Bridges in Evansville and convert them to interstate standards. However, the project would need input from local business owners in that area.