HENDERSON, Ken. - The Indiana Department of Transportation and the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet will hold the first of two public meetings Tuesday evening in Kentucky to discuss the I-69 Ohio River Crossing project. INDOT says the goal is to gather public input on the feasibility and potential impact of a new bridge connecting the two states.

Plans for the project were first announced in July by then-Governor Mike Pence and Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin. Pence called the bridge, which would connect Evansville to Henderson, Kentucky, an "artery of growth."

INDOT says the potential benefits of the bridge include improving cross river mobility in the area, strengthening the transportation network in the tri-state area and supporting the completion of I-69. In November, the two departments announced they had chosen California-based Parson Transportation Group Inc. to lead the preliminary design and environmental review for the project.

Tuesday's meeting will take place from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. local time at the Preston Fine Arts Center at Henderson Community College in Henderson. The second meeting will be held Thursday at the same time at Cedar Hall Community School in Evansville.