ORX Public Meeting Will Help Public Get Roundabout Ready

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July 15th meeting will include virtual reality station

With roundabouts at the reconstructed KY 351/2nd Street interchange expected to open in the coming weeks, a public meeting later this month will provide the information drivers need to be Roundabout Ready. It will include a virtual reality station to “drive” through the new roundabouts, video simulations, and more.

In addition to maps, information, and interactive activities associated with the roundabouts, attendees will hear about the progress that’s been made in Henderson and what to expect the rest of the year. Work started in summer 2022. Construction is about 60% complete and will be 75% complete by the end of this year. Work on Section 1 is expected to be finished in late 2025.

Public Information Meeting
Monday, July 15, 5:30 to 7 p.m. CT
Henderson County High School
2424 Zion Road

The in-person meeting will be open house format with a project presentation planned in the school auditorium at 6:00 p.m. The virtual reality station will be open throughout the meeting. Attendees will also have the opportunity for one-on-one conversations with the Project Team.

Construction is expected to begin soon in Evansville, and members of the I-69 ORX Section 3 will be available to provide more information on the work to come and answer any questions the public might have. Section 3 includes part of the approach roadways and bridges in Indiana. Crews are building all-weather construction access that will be used by crews building the future I-69 bridge.

Roundabouts: Coming Soon
The roundabouts at the reconstructed KY 351/2nd Street interchange in Henderson are expected to open to traffic in the coming weeks, before the start of the new school year. They are expected to improve safety and traffic flow.

There are more than 10,000 roundabouts successfully in use in the United States, and they’ve been proven to reduce injury crashes by 75%.

A Roundabout Ready page is available on the I-69 ORX project website. It features maps, information on what to expect, videos to help drivers reach their destinations, and more.

3 Contracts, 2 States, 1 Bridge
I-69 ORX is divided into three sections for construction. I-69 ORX Section 1 focuses on improvements in Henderson and extends from KY 425 to US 60. It includes a six-mile+ extension of I-69, new interchanges with US 41 and US 60 and a reconstructed KY 351 interchange. The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) is overseeing the Section 1 project.

The Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) is overseeing I-69 ORX Section 3. Construction will soon begin in earnest in Evansville and is expected to be complete in late 2026.

I-69 ORX Section 2 is a bi-state project and includes the new I-69 bridge. Construction on the new four-lane river crossing is expected to begin in 2027 and be complete in 2031. Both states are looking for opportunities to accelerate the timeline.

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