Henderson and Evansville are working together to get a new bridge built over the Ohio River.
Officials from both cities kicked off the push for a new bridge less than a mile from the Twin Bridges, the current connection between Evansville and Henderson.
Both Kentucky and Indiana have funding for I-69, which plans to run from the Great Lakes to Texas, but the one missing link is a bridge.
Henderson Mayor Steve Austin says a bridge must be built in order to make the I-69 project work.
"Should be a good economic development opportunity for us to set up companies in this area to supply both north and south on I-69. I think its probably the most important opportunity we've had in 20 years," Mayor Austin says.
Evansville Mayor Lloyd Winnecke says the I-69 project is moving along, but a bridge needs to be built to link Kentucky and Indiana.
"Until there's a connector that links Evansville and Henderson over the Ohio River, it really just becomes a cul-de-sac and many people have used that analogy over the last several months. The fact of the matter is, economically, we're missing out on many opportunities by not having a better link across the Ohio River," Mayor Winnecke says.
Mayor Winnecke says there are a lot of steps before construction can begin. He says they will lobby in Indianapolis, Frankfort, and Washington to secure funding.
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