EVANSVILLE, Ind. (WFIE) - A public commenting period is open for the I-69 Ohio River Crossing.
Leaders of the project held a virtual meeting on Thursday evening for the public to learn more about the planned project.
With the path of the interstate established, Thursday’s meeting was about going in depth to explain to the public how and why the new route was selected.
Leaders of the Ohio River Crossing Project last met with the public in 2019.
Since that meeting, it’s been decided that a central alternative for the I-69 connection would be used.
Leaders say the path and its construction will be divided into two parts.
Section one will connect I-69 between Kentucky 425 and U.S. 60.
Costing $237 million, section one will involve the construction of several roundabouts instead of diamond on-ramps near North Middle School.
They say this was chosen because it’s a safer alternative.
Section one is expected to begin construction in 2022.
Section two is a joint project between Indiana and Kentucky, and it involves the construction of a four-lane toll bridge across the Ohio River due east of the Twin Bridges in Henderson.
When the I-69 bridge is completed, the northbound Henderson bridge will remain as a toll-free alternative for local traffic.
The southbound bridge will be removed.
Project leaders say this route was chosen after careful consideration of public feedback.
They say it’s the preferred option because it connects Kentucky and Indiana via an interstate, while still being cost effective and maintaining a toll-free bridge to connect Henderson and Evansville.