Project update will be followed by a comment period

A virtual public meeting is scheduled for April 1 to provide an update on the proposed I-69 Ohio River Crossing (I-69 ORX). The meeting is an opportunity to learn more about the preferred alternative, how the Project Team reached its decision, refinements made and next steps for the project.

Central Alternative 1B Modified has been identified as the single preferred alternative. It includes a four-lane I-69 bridge and retains one US 41 bridge for local traffic. Only the I-69 bridge will be tolled. It includes 11.2 miles of new interstate, including 8.4 miles on new terrain and 2.8 miles of upgrades to US 41.

The alignment is unchanged from the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) published in December 2018. The preferred alternative is “modified” because additional design work has resulted in modifications to each of the interchanges to improve operations and reduce project costs.

Virtual Public Meeting

The public meeting is 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. CT on Thursday, April 1. Click here to register and receive login information.

Attendees can also call 888-475-4499 and use Meeting ID # 976 5885 9943 to join by phone.

A 15-day comment period will run through Friday, April 16 to accept feedback on the single preferred alternative. Comments can be received via:

Individuals can use the same contact channels to request project materials be sent by mail.

Next Steps

The combined Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) and Record of Decision (ROD) are expected this fall. The Project Team will publish the FEIS identifying the selected alternative and receive a ROD from the Federal Highway Administration. The ROD signifies final approval of the selected alternative. The initial financial plan and project management plan will then be developed. Construction of I-69 ORX Section 1 is expected to begin in 2022.

ORX Sections 1 and 2

I-69 ORX is divided into two sections for construction. The project study area remains the same. I-69 ORX Section 1 focuses on improvements in Henderson and extends from KY 425 to US 60. The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet is overseeing the project.

I-69 ORX Section 2 is a bistate project between Indiana and Kentucky that will complete the I-69 connection from US 60 in Henderson to I-69 in Evansville. It includes the new 4-lane river crossing.