Henderson local leaders weigh in on new I-69 bridge plans

More local leaders are weighing in today on plans for the new I-69 bridge.

Henderson County Fiscal Court today announced corridor one, or the central corridor, as their preference for the new I-69 bridge route.

The Henderson County Fiscal Court says that having multiple crossings into Evansville is the most important issue. And Tuesday morning, the fiscal court kept that in mind, as the fiscal court passed a resolution for central corridor one.

“We feel like for the community and for the project itself that's the best choice and it was time to let them know about Henderson county's opinion,” said Henderson Country Judge/Executive Brad Schneider.  

The Fiscal Court says just replacing the twin bridges, like the other two options suggest, doesn't fix the main issue.

“Having just one crossing here worries a lot of people because if the bridges are ever impacted and it stops traffic, it's a major chaotic situation,” said Schneider.

But having multiple crossings adds, “a potential free local route for local commuters in addition to the new bridge for pass through traffic and convenience,” according to Schneider.

Both proposed west corridors would greatly impact businesses on the Henderson strip… unlike central corridor one.

But one local business still has mixed opinions. Owner of Nice Guy Vapors Rob Bowen says the proposed plan to put the new I-69 bridge further from the strip, “Well initially it's a little disappointing.”

Since he sees customers from all over the tri-state and some passing through.

“Anytime you have a decrease in traffic on a main artery such as Highway 41 overall businesses will probably see a little bit of decline in retail traffic,” said Bowen.

But Sureway assistant manager Luigi Federico says he doesn't think business will change if there is less traffic on the strip.

“But when it comes to just straight business we don't really get a lot of business coming from Evansville. Just people who know us and things like that,” said Federico.

The Henderson County Fiscal Court says that choosing central corridor one is not only the best option for the project, but for the community as well.

It's also important to note that Evansville and Warrick county leaders favor central corridor one as well. A decision is not expected until 2019.

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(This story was originally published on October 24, 2017)


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