Why is the future of the US 41 bridges being discussed as part of this project?

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.

Under West Alternative 1 and Central Alternative 1, which US 41 bridge would remain in service?

If the preferred/selected alternative would remove one of the existing bridges from service, the evaluation of which bridge is to be removed will consider information from the Section 106 process as well as engineering, safety and other considerations.

How many vehicles cross the US 41 bridges each day?

The US 41 Twin Bridges carry approximately 40,000 vehicles across the Ohio River each day.

How old are the current US 41 bridges?

What is currently the northbound bridge opened in 1932. The second structure, which carries southbound traffic, was constructed in 1965.

Would the states consider making the old bridges bicycle or pedestrian facilities?

The DEIS will include an analysis of how the I-69 ORX project affects the Evansville Metropolitan Planning Organization’s Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan for the region.

Aren’t the current US 41 bridges under construction?

Indiana and Kentucky are partnering on another project, Fix For 41, which started in summer 2017. The $25 million Fix For 41 project includes 3.8 miles of US 41 and seven bridges. Information about the project is available here.


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