Officials unanimously approve bridge project for US 41, Washington Ave.

Officials unanimously approve bridge project for US 41, Washington Ave.

EVANSVILLE, Ind. (WFIE) - Improvements to the U.S. 41 and Washington Avenue intersection was unanimously approved by Evansville’s Board of Public Works on Thursday.

Mayor Lloyd Winnecke says a major factor in getting this bridge project underway was the visits from the governor and other state leaders last year. Mayor Winnecke says once they saw the intersection first hand, they knew that the project needed to happen.

The city will match 20 percent of the project’s funding, which could equal more than $990,000.

The current estimate of the project is right around $5 million and Mayor Winnecke tells us that just under $1 million will come out of the city’s pocket.

Now with the board’s approval, Mayor Winnecke says INDOT can continue the designing process to see what kind of crossing would serve this intersection the best.

“A lot of work has to be done," Mayor Winnecke explains. "But if there were ever any doubt, the approval of this memorandum of understanding between the city and state makes it formal, and the project is proceeding on a really good path.”

Mayor Winnecke says this project will take some time, it is slotted for the 2023 project year.

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