QUESTIONS ABOUT THE ALTERNATIVES
What are the preliminary alternatives for a new I-69 Ohio River Crossing?
The I-69 ORX Project Team developed preliminary alternatives for each of the three corridors being considered for a new I-69 bridge and interstate connections. Based on further engineering analyses and after completing the Screening Report Supplement, West Alternative 1, West Alternative 2 and Central Alternative 1 have been identified as providing the best opportunity to be financially feasible and address the purpose and need of the project. A No Build Alternative is also carried forward for comparison.
West Alternative 1
West Alternative 1 includes a four-lane I-69 bridge and retains one US 41 bridge for local traffic. West Alternative 1 keeps traffic in the US 41 corridor while maintaining businesses in the area. It includes a reconstructed US 60 interchange and new interchanges at Watson Lane and US 41/Veterans Memorial Parkway (north end).
West Alternative 2
West Alternative 2 includes a six-lane I-69 bridge and removes both US 41 bridges from service. This alternative keeps traffic on the US 41 corridor, but businesses along the west side of US 41 would be impacted. It includes a reconstructed US 60 interchange and new interchanges at Watson Lane, Wolf Hills/Stratman Road, Nugent Drive and US 41/Veterans Memorial Parkway (north end).
Central Alternative 1
Central Alternative 1 bypasses the US 41 corridor and includes a four-lane I-69 bridge and retains one US 41 bridge for local traffic. It includes new interchanges at US 41 (south end), US 60 and Veterans Memorial Parkway.
How is the preferred alternative selected?
It is a multi-step process that includes leadership in both states, the community, and state and federal agencies. After preliminary studies are complete for the Draft Environment Impact Statement (DEIS), the two states will consider the identified benefits, impacts, costs and community input and will propose a preferred alternative in the DEIS.
Public hearings will follow in both states and include a formal public and agency comment period. After addressing all comments, the states will confirm the preferred alternative in the Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS). Final approval of the preferred alternative will come from the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) through the issuance of a Record of Decision (ROD).
What happens next?
Refinement and evaluation of the preliminary alternatives is continuing. Traffic modeling, field work and engineering analyses are part of the process. A preferred alternative is expected to be identified by fall 2018.
When could right-of-way acquisition begin?
Right now, neither state plans to purchase land until the environmental review is completed and the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) publishes a Record of Decision, which is expected in late 2019.