FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Below are the most commonly asked questions about the I-69 Ohio River Crossing project. To see additional questions by subject area, click on the hyperlinks at the end of the questions. Click here to download a document of all FAQs.
What is the I-69 Ohio River Crossing Project?
The Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) and the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) are committed to providing a critical link between the two states’ I-69 corridors and constructing an improved Ohio River Crossing (I-69 ORX) between Evansville and Henderson. The states have reinitiated a study of the corridor to complete a required federal environmental review.
Why is this happening now?
In June 2016, Governors Bevin and Pence signed a memorandum of understanding directing both states to begin studying the environmental and economic impacts of an I-69 Ohio River Crossing. Thanks to the diligence of previous and current administrations, Indiana and Kentucky are now well on their way to completing I‐69 in their respective states, and the Ohio River Crossing is one of the last remaining pieces.
Purpose and Need
The proposed purpose and need of the project is to complete the I-69 connection between Indiana and Kentucky, improve long-term cross-river mobility, reduce congestion and delay, and improve safety.
What’s the timeline for the project?
A preferred alternative is expected to be identified by fall of 2018 and a Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) will be published. Public hearings will be held on both sides of the river to solicit feedback on the DEIS. The Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) and Record of Decision (ROD) are expected by fall of 2019.
Based on the assumptions made in the Screening Report Supplement, Central Alternative 1 could be open to traffic in 2025, while either West Alternative 1 or West Alternative 2 could be open in 2027, assuming that funding is identified and scheduled soon after the FEIS and ROD.
What’s the expected cost of the project?
Costs are preliminary and included in the Screening Report Supplement. Preliminary estimated costs range from $1.42 to $1.49 billion for the three alternatives.
Will the US 41 bridges remain in service?
Improving long-term cross-river mobility between Evansville and Henderson must include a discussion of the US 41 bridges. One bridge is more than 80 years old and the other is more than 50 years old, and maintenance costs are high. Indiana and Kentucky have spent more than $50 million on maintenance costs on the US 41 bridges since 2005. A report on the US 41 bridges finds it would cost an estimated $242 million to maintain the two bridges through 2062.
How are local officials, stakeholder groups and the public involved?
Both Indiana and Kentucky are implementing a robust public involvement plan throughout the NEPA study process. Information is shared via e-newsletters, focus groups with local officials and key stakeholders, social media and media relations. Residents may provide feedback any time via the contact form on this website , email (info@I69OhioRiverCrossing.com), phone (888-515-9756), or at the project offices in Henderson and Evansville. The Project Team also hosts public open houses so residents can ask questions and provide feedback during the NEPA process.
The Project Team meets often with key stakeholder groups to solicit feedback throughout the NEPA process. These groups include elected officials, the River Cities Advisory Committee, the Interagency Advisory Committee, the Section 106 Consulting Parties and an Environmental Justice Subcommittee.
When can the public review and comment on the study?
INDOT and KYTC are committed to updating the public about the study process often. Updates are shared on the project website and public open houses at key decision points and project milestones. The public is also encouraged to review project materials posted to the website and to provide comments or ask questions via email or by stopping into one of the project offices. All input received over the course of the project is being considered in the decision-making process.
When the DEIS is published, notices will be placed in local newspapers, on the project website and social media channels, and sent to all affected property owners. Copies of the DEIS will be available for review on the project website, in public locations such as local libraries or government buildings, and in the project offices.
Public hearings and the formal, 45-day comment period will be promoted broadly to allow interested residents and stakeholders ample time to review and provide feedback on the document.
How can the public stay informed?
Frequent updates are shared here, via email updates, text messaging, news media, Facebook (I-69 Ohio River Crossing) and Twitter (I69ORX). Project offices are located at 320 Eagle Crest Drive, Suite C in Evansville and 1970 Barrett Court, Suite 100 in Henderson. Public open houses rare also held on both sides of the river, and publicized in advance.