Hearings are Monday in Henderson and Tuesday in Evansville

Public hearings are scheduled next week to provide information and gather input on the preferred alternatives for the proposed I-69 Ohio River Crossing (I-69 ORX). Both hearings will include a presentation and formal comment period.

Henderson Open House
Monday, Jan. 7, 5 to 8 p.m.
Henderson Community College, Preston Arts Center
2660 S. Green St.

Evansville Open House
Tuesday, Jan. 8, 5 to 8 p.m.
Old National Events Plaza, Locust meeting rooms
715 Locust St.

The Project Team will present information about the project at 6 p.m. A formal comment session will follow. Meeting attendees will sign up to speak during the public comment session and have up to three minutes to make their remarks. All comments will be recorded and considered by the Project Team. People may also submit written comments for the public record.

The hearings will feature several stations, maps and videos to learn more about the preferred alternatives and next steps. In addition to an updated fly-through video of Central Alternatives 1A and 1B, attendees will have a chance to take part in a virtual reality experience, offering a unique view of the alternatives. Attendees will also have a chance to talk one-on-one with leaders of the I-69 ORX team.

Community Conversations

In addition to the public hearings, two Community Conversations are planned for later this month. The Community Conversations are a chance to learn more about the alternatives, join the Project Team for a discussion and provide written comments to the team.

Henderson Community Conversation
Wednesday, Jan. 23, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Housing Authority of Henderson
111 S. Adams St.

Evansville Community Conversation
Thursday, Jan. 24, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Central Branch, EVPL, Browning Event Room B
200 SE Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.

Preferred Alternatives

The Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) released in December identifies two preferred alternatives: Central Alternative 1A and Central Alternative 1B. The route, bridge location and lane configurations are identical for the two alternatives. Both include a 4-lane I-69 bridge and retain one US 41 bridge.

The tolling options are the only difference between the two alternatives. Central Alternative 1A would toll both the I-69 bridge and the remaining US 41 bridge. Central Alternative 1B would toll only the I-69 bridge.

DEIS and Public Comment

The DEIS is posted on the project website (I69ohiorivercrossing.com) and is available for review at several locations:

  • 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., Suite 300, Henderson, KY
  • Housing Authority of Henderson: 111 S. Adams St., Henderson, KY
  • KYTC Central Office: 200 Mero St., Division of Environmental Analysis, Frankfort, KY
  • KYTC District 2 Office: 1840 N. Main St., Madisonville, KY
  • INDOT Central Office: 100 N. Senate Ave., Executive Office N758, Indianapolis, IN
  • INDOT Vincennes District Office: 3560 S. US 41, Vincennes, IN

Public and agency comments on the DEIS will be accepted through Feb. 8, 2019. Comments must be received by participation in public hearings, through the “Contact Us” page on the project on this website, by email (info@I69ohiorivercrossing.com), by mail or in person at an I-69 ORX project office.

During the comment period, the Henderson office is staffed Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays and the Evansville office is staffed Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays. Office hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and by appointment.

After considering all comments, the states will confirm the preferred alternative in the FEIS. Final approval of the preferred alternative will come from the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) through the issuance of a Record of Decision. The ROD is expected in late 2019.

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