I-69 Bridge Construction Could Come in 2020

How and when are up in the air but the plan for an Interstate 69 bridge across the Ohio River has reached a major milestone.

A project-in-the-making for more than a decade, people across the Tri-State finally have hope.

It cost $17 million just to decide on a route with an environmental impact study. State leaders on both sides start the long road to construction now. But some wonder why a decision needs to be made - again.

“Are there people who remember? Does this seem familiar?” Miny Peterson asks the crowd at Thursday’s open house in Evansville, “Been there done that?”

For Gary Frazier it’s like yesterday, and he has the paperwork to prove it.

“We've already done a study,” he says, “and apparently according to this paper, the route was picked at one time.”

In 2004, the project was at this stage, entering the 2 to 3 year study phase. But Peterson says there was no money, “so everything just came to a screeching halt.”

Reports show the best route then was close to the current central corridors identified now. “It happened to be the shortest route and cheapest as well,” Frazier says.

Project leaders say tolls will be considered this time around, but a total cost for the project won't be known for years.

Peterson says we can expect construction sometime close to 2020, with the project lasting 4 to 5 years.

For more information visit I69ohiorivercrossing.com.


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