Winnecke: I-69 Bridge Plans 'On The Right Track'

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Ribbon cutting ceremonies for the new project offices were held in Evansville (pictured) and Henderson. Ribbon cutting ceremonies for the new project offices were held in Evansville (pictured) and Henderson.

The Indiana and Kentucky project offices for the proposed I-69 Ohio River Crossing are now open. Evansville Mayor Lloyd Winnecke says the offices show the bridge, which would join Evansville with Henderson, Kentucky, is "on the right track and on the way to completing this important connection."

Plans were formalized a year ago when then-Governor Mike Pence signed a memorandum of understanding with Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin to launch a thorough environmental impact study. It will set the table for a potential bridge location, routes and financing options. In April, transportation officials took public feedback and discussed five broad-based, possible corridors for the infrastructure.

The Indiana Department of Transportation says a short list of alternatives could be released in mid-to-late July. Open houses in Indiana and Kentucky are expected to follow soon after to provide public feedback. INDOT says the goal is to have a recommended preferred alternative in place by the fall of next year and a Record of Decision locked in by late-2019, which will kick off federal funding exploration, design, land purchase and construction efforts.

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