The number of proposed corridors for an I-69 bridge connecting Evansville and Henderson, Kentucky has been reduced from five to three.
The three finalists include two western corridors and one central corridor.
I-69 Ohio River Crossing spokeswoman Mindy Peterson says both western corridors would eliminate the U.S. 41 Twin Bridge and replace them with a six lane I-69 bridge.
Peterson says those routes would eliminate long term maintenance of the existing bridges, one which is more than 50 years old and the other more than 80 years old.
But there is a downside.
“Looking at corridor one, the one just west of 41, you’re talking about many homes potentially being impacted there. If you talk about West 2, which is along the 41 corridor, you’re talking about possibly many businesses being impacted,” says Peterson.
The center one corridor would be less expensive to build and would require fewer residential relocations and no business relocations.
But Peterson says to maintain both a new bridge and one or two of the old bridges could lead to tolls on the currently free Twin Bridges.
The group will discuss the three corridors at open houses later this month.
Previous estimates put the cost of an I-69 bridge at $850 million. A funding source for the project has not been identified.