Team Updates I-69 Ohio River Crossing Effort

Posted: Updated:

A spokesperson for the I-69 Ohio River Crossing project says work continues to gather detailed information to create the best option for a new bridge connecting Indiana and Kentucky. The project team began work early this year and Mindy Peterson says hundreds of people have attended open houses and submitted comments, which has assisted the effort. In an interview with Inside INdiana Business, Peterson said the project team is currently working on a federally-required Draft Environmental Impact Statement and plans to hold open houses in early 2018 with detailed alternatives for the project.

Peterson says open houses, which are expected to take place in February, will have information that the public has been very eager to hear, such as expected costs and possible funding options.

"We'll have more information on what would happen with the existing U.S. 41 bridges (and) traffic modeling. We'll have more information on right-of-way," said Peterson. "This is the time when a business owner or a homeowner could come to a project team member, sit down with us at the open house, tell us what their address is and we would be able to tell them would that proposed alternative impact your property at this time. Now that's preliminary. Everything could change, but we haven't been able to do that thus far."

In July, the project team released the short list of potential corridors for the Ohio River Crossing bridge connecting Evansville and Henderson, Kentucky. 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.

Peterson says the project team expects to identify a preferred alternative by next fall. That will be followed by public hearings on both sides of the river. The Final Environmental Impact Statement and Record of Decision are expected to be released in the fall of 2019.

"After we have that Record of Decision, which is very important, with the help of available federal funds, that's when you can move forward with construction and determining timeline and where we're headed," said Peterson. "When we look at funding and costs, we have to make assumptions for construction and what we can see, but after we have the Record of Decision, that's when the state's will be able to see where does this fall on our list, what money is available federally, how do the other pieces come together for funding, and when can we actually talk about moving forward with construction on this bridge."

The I-69 Ohio River Crossing project was first announced in July 2016 by then-Governor Mike Pence and Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin. At the time, Pence said the new bridge would be an "artery of growth" for both states.

You can read more on the project's progress in the graphic below:

Peterson details the next steps in the project.
Peterson says the project team will be working with area businesses as well.
  • Perspectives

    • Baby in Your Future?

      There is nothing more special than a new baby! In addition to decorating the nursery, selecting a pediatrician, and buying those first wardrobe pieces, you also need to be financially prepared. And, if either parent will be taking off work, it’s important to understand the parental leave policy. When contemplating a pregnancy or an adoption, be sure to understand your employment benefits. Parental leave policies and insurance benefits can cover associated costs as well as...



Company Name:
Confirm Email:
INside Edge
Morning Briefing
BigWigs & New Gigs
Life Sciences Indiana
Indiana Connections


  • Most Popular Stories

    • $25M Behavioral Hospital Coming to Central Indiana

      Danville-based Hendricks Regional Health is partnering with US HealthVest to develop a stand-alone behavioral center on the Hendricks campus in Plainfield. Known as the Indianapolis Behavioral Hospital, the facility will provide specialized inpatient and outpatient mental health care to patients of all ages.

    • Indy, Atlanta Vie For Future FFA Conventions

      As the National FFA kicks of its National Convention and Expo in Indianapolis this week, the organization, and Indy convention planners, have an eye to what city will host future events. The 91st edition of the FFA convention is expected to attract nearly 70,000 attendees from every state in the nation, and pack a $40 million economic impact in the region. The lucrative event is committed to Indianapolis through 2024. Chief Executive Officer Mark Poeschl says...

    • Bags From Train Seats Put PUP in National Marketplace

      An Indianapolis-based nonprofit that creates wallets, handbags and backpacks from reclaimed materials is launching a nationally-focused line of products for the first time. People for Urban Progress, which sells hand-made items from materials including the fabric from the old Hoosier Dome and signage from when Indianapolis hosted the Super Bowl, is repurposing leather from the seats in Amtrak's Boston to Washington D.C. Acela Express trains. The new line includes...

    • Larry Bird Museum Planned For Terre Haute

      A first-of-its-kind museum honoring an Indiana basketball legend is being planned for downtown Terre Haute. The Vigo County Capital Improvement Board has announced the Larry Bird Museum will be located inside the planned Terre Haute Convention Center. The museum was announced during a VIP press conference Saturday in Terre Haute, which included remarks from Governor Eric Holcomb and CIB member Greg Gibson. The CIB says the museum will be the only...

    • Indiana Nonprofits Awarded Duke Energy Grants

      Plainfield-based Duke Energy Indiana says nearly two dozen nonprofits throughout the state will benefit from $315,000 in grants from the Duke Energy Foundation. The funding aims to support initiatives that enhance the regions where Duke customers live, work and play.