Public meetings will be held in early 2018. A preliminary design will be completed later in the year.
The accident was the year's fifth fatal crash along a 60-mile portion of Interstate 70 between Illinois and Hendricks County, Indiana.
There are more than a dozen possible routes being considered for the last leg of I-69.
A stolen car crashed into a Greyhound bus on Sunday, killing the car's driver and injuring 18 bus passengers.
A panel indicates the state should prioritize four new transportation projects, including building an I-69 bridge over the Ohio River.
A massive chain reaction crash involving 35 to 40 vehicles stalled traffic on I-70 near State Road 267 in Hendricks County.