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 alternative.
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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?
Central Alternative 1B is the lowest-cost option. Construction has been separated into Sections 1 and 2. The total estimated construction costs are $237 million for Section 1 and $975 million for Section 2 (year of expenditure). This total cost includes roadway and bridge operations and maintenance for 35 years following completion of construction.
Under Central Alternative 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 office in Henderson by appointment. 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.
Public hearings were 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
All comments received at the public hearings and during the comment period will be documented and considered by the Project Team before the FEIS is published.
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