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Plans For I-69 Ohio River Crossing Set To Be Revealed In February

The proposed project would connect Interstate 69 sections in Indiana and Kentucky.

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The proposed project would connect Interstate 69 sections in Indiana and Kentucky.

A group working on an environmental impact statement for an I-69 bridge connecting Evansville and western Kentucky says it’s making progress.

Mindy Peterson of I-69 Ohio River Crossing – or ORX – says the group has gathered a tremendous amount of information and expects to deliver more during open houses in early February.

Dan Prevost is the environmental lead for ORX. He said a navigation analysis has been performed and passed on to the Coast Guard.

“And preliminary they’ve said that actually either a single navigation span or a two navigation span arrangement could work,” Prevost says.

In July, the group narrowed the number of potential bridge corridors to three, with a central corridor just east of the existing U.S. 41 Twin Bridges favored among elected officials.

Prevost would not say which of the three corridors presents the fewest environmental issues.

“They each have their own set of challenges. They all have different challenges or potential impacts depending on the resources you’re talking about,” Prevost says.

Prevost also said tolling is not a foregone conclusion on a new bridge or on the Twin Bridges, if they remain.

The Draft Environmental Impact Statement is due next fall. A final statement and decision is expected in fall 2019.

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