I-69 Bridge Team Gathering Feedback

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(Graphics courtesy of the I-69 Ohio River Crossing Project Team.) (Graphics courtesy of the I-69 Ohio River Crossing Project Team.)

The I-69 Ohio River Crossing Project Team is seeking input from residents and business owners about preliminary options for a new I-69 bridge and interstate connections. The group last month announced three alternatives for the project to complete the I-69 connection between Indiana and Kentucky.

I-69 ORX has posted three surveys on its project website and mailed hard copies to about 4,500 homes. The team says it will accept responses through March 16. Organizers say the survey will help them understand how drivers use the current US 41 bridges and what impacts the project may have on their travel and the community in general. It also covers tolling, and how that would affect low-income individuals and families.

The three proposed routes, known as West Alternative 1, West Alternative 2 and Central Alternative 1, were developed using factors including access, traffic performance and safety. They range in price from $1.42 billion to $1.49 billion. Officials hope to select a preferred alternative by the fall.

The proposals are listed below:

  • 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.
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