FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Below are the most commonly asked questions about the I-69 Ohio River Crossing project. Click here to see FAQs about the DEIS and preferred alternatives
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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.
The 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 expected cost of the project?
With a total cost estimated at $1.497 billion (year-of-expenditure dollars), Central Alternative 1A or 1B is the lowest-cost option. This total cost includes roadway and bridge operations and maintenance for 35 years following completion of construction.
Under Central Alternatives 1A or 1B, which of the US 41 bridges will remain in service?
Due to its historic significance and serviceable condition, the northbound US 41 will be retained for two-way traffic.
How are local officials, stakeholder groups and the public involved?
The Project Team has implemented 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 project website, email, phone (888-515-9756), or at the project offices in Henderson and Evansville. The Project Team has also hosted public open houses so residents could ask questions and provide feedback during the NEPA process.
The Project Team met at key points in the process with key stakeholder groups to solicit feedback throughout the NEPA process. These groups include elected officials, the project’s 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?
The DEIS is posted on the project website and available for review at several locations on both sides of the river including:
- I-69 ORX Indiana Project Office: 320 Eagle Crest Dr., Suite C, Evansville, IN
- I-69 ORX Kentucky Project Office: 1970 Barrett Ct., Suite 100, Henderson, KY
- Evansville Vanderburgh Public Library (EVPL) – Central Library: 200 SE Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Evansville, IN
- EVPL – East Branch: 840 E. Chandler Ave., Evansville, IN
- EVPL – McCollough Branch: 5115 Washington Ave., Evansville, IN
- Henderson Public Library: 101 S. Main St., Henderson, KY
- Henderson County Judge/Executive: 20 N. Main St., Henderson, KY
- Housing Authority of Henderson: 111 S. Adams St., Henderson, KY
- KYTC Central Office: 200 Mero St., Frankfort, KY
- KYTC District 2 Office: 1840 N. Main St., Madisonville, KY
- INDOT Central Office: 100 N. Senate Ave., Indianapolis, IN
- INDOT Vincennes District Office: 3560 S. US 41, Vincennes, IN
Public and agency comments on the DEIS will be accepted through February 8, 2019. To be considered in the DEIS, residents must provide feedback via:
- Participation in the public hearings
- The “contact us” page on the website
- Mail or in person at the project offices
Note: Comments made on Facebook (I-69 Ohio River Crossing) and Twitter (I69ORX) will not become part of the DEIS transcript. Those who call the project offices who wish to make a comment will be asked to fill out a comment form to ensure accurate records.
Public hearings will be held:
- Monday, January 7, 2019, from 5 to 8 p.m. at Henderson Community College, Preston Arts Center, 2660 S. Green St., Henderson, KY
- Tuesday, January 8, 2019, from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Old National Events Plaza, Locust meeting rooms, 715 Locust St. in Evansville, IN
The Project Team will present information about the project at 6 p.m. A formal comment session will follow. All comments will be recorded, and people can also submit written comments.
All comments received at the public hearings and during the comment period will be documented and considered by the Project Team before the FEIS and ROD in fall 2019.