Preliminary Peek at Potential I-69 Bridge Project

Posted: Updated:
(Graphics courtesy of the I-69 Ohio River Crossing Project Team.) (Graphics courtesy of the I-69 Ohio River Crossing Project Team.)
EVANSVILLE and HENDERSON, Ky. -

The preliminary alternative routes for three potential I-69 bridge corridors over the Ohio River have been unveiled. Transportation officials from Indiana and Kentucky are continuing to seek feedback on the proposals that have taken into account factors including access, traffic performance and safety. Funding is expected to come from a combination of tolling, traditional sources and grants.

Other considerations include: minimizing or avoiding the impact on sensitive resources, accessibility and visibility to the U.S. 41 corridor, life-cycle maintenance cost estimates for I-69 and U.S. 41 bridges, adjusted cost estimates to year of expenditure and use of traffic models to evaluate cross-river capacity needs. Officials say alternatives must also include six lanes of cross-river traffic and at least four lanes dedicated to I-69 use.

The three proposed alternatives are titled: West Alternative 1, West Alternative 2 and Central Alternative 1 and the Indiana Department of Transportation and Kentucky Transportation Cabinet say they will "provide the best opportunity to be financially feasible and address the purpose and need of the project."

  • West Alternative 1 is estimated to cost $1.47 billion. The proposal calls for a 4-lane I-69 bridge and a U.S. 41 bridge for local traffic, as well as a reconstructed U.S. 60 interchange and new Watson Lane and U.S. 41/Veterans Memorial Parkway interchanges.
  • West Alternative 2 is estimated to cost $1.49 billion. The proposal calls for a 6-lane I-69 bridge and would take away the two current U.S. 41 bridges and include a reconstructed U.S. 60 interchange and new Watson Lane, Wolf Hills/Stratman Road, Nugent Drive and U.S. 41/Veterans Memorial Parkway interchanges.
  • Central Alternative 1 is estimated to cost $1.42 billion. The proposal calls for a 4-lane I-69 bridge and use of one U.S. 41 bridge for local traffic, as well as new U.S. 41, U.S. 60 and Veterans Memorial Parkway interchanges.

Officials expect to pick a preferred alternative by the fall.

The I-69 Ohio River Crossing Project Team has provided materials outlining the proposed alternatives:

Open houses February 6 at Henderson Community College and February 7 at Bosse High School in Evansville have been scheduled to discuss the preliminary routes with leaders of the efforts. You can connect to more about those events by clicking here.

  • Perspectives

    • Greg Ballard is the former mayor of Indianapolis and a co-founder and current board member of Indy Women in Tech.

      Shining a Spotlight on Women in Tech

      I still get a thrill driving through the gates of our legendary Indianapolis Motor Speedway and I will be lucky enough to do so for an entire week soon. This week, the best women golfers in the world will once again display their talents at Brickyard Crossing Golf Course in the Indy Women in Tech Championship. However, the tournament is much more than an athletic competition. It is an opportunity to support a solution to a critical economic and workforce development issue.

    More

Subscribe

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

Events



  • Most Popular Stories

    • (Rendering of phase two of the Riverfront Fort Wayne project provided by the city of Fort Wayne.)

      Fort Wayne Riverfront Contract Pulled

      A proposed $2.5 million contract for the design work for the next two phases of the Riverfront Fort Wayne project has been pulled. Our partners at WPTA-TV report the Fort Wayne City Council withdrew the contract, which was set to go to Philadelphia-based DAVID RUBIN Land Collective.

    • Economic Development Announcement Set For Gary

      An economic development announcement is set for Thursday in northwest Indiana. Governor Eric Holcomb and Gary Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson will join executives from Pittsburgh-based United States Steel Corp. (NYSE: X) for the event.

    • The building will be converted to the Aloft Indianapolis Downtown

      Historic Downtown Indy Building to Become Hotel

      A hotel owner and operator with offices in Columbus and New York has acquired a historic building in downtown Indianapolis. Everwood Hospitality Partners says it has invested $5 million to acquire the former Stockyards Bank Building and plans to invest an additional $13 million to transform the building into a 128-room hotel. The 12-story building, which was built in 1898, will become the Aloft Indianapolis Downtown. Renovation work is expected to begin in the...

    • Hoosier Schools Among 'Best Colleges in America'

      Nearly two dozen Hoosier institutions are included in MONEY magazine's rankings of the Best Colleges in America. More than 700 schools are on the list, which was determined by a number of factors in three categories, including quality of education, affordability, and outcomes.

    • Fort Wayne Radio Icon Butcher Passes Away

      A fixture in the Fort Wayne radio scene has passed away. Charly Butcher spent more than 30 years in Fort Wayne radio with a successful morning show on WMEE-FM and, most recently, as host of "Fort Wayne's Morning News" on WOWO radio. Butcher was 61. Butcher was part of WMEE's popular "Those Two Guys In The Morning" show with Tony Richards in the 1980s. He joined WOWO in the mid-2000s as host of "Fort Wayne's Morning News With Charly Butcher."