Need for New Bridge Connecting Indiana & Kentucky Top Priority

Published 07/10 2014 05:23PM

Updated 07/10 2014 05:27PM

The need has been recognized for a new Ohio River bridge connecting Indiana and Kentucky. But, the funding has some bumps to be worked out.
On Wednesday, Indiana's Blue Ribbon Panel on Transporation recommended the I-69 bridge project be among the state's priorities.
Evansville Mayor Lloyd Winnecke is on that panel.
While originally billed to be a 1.4 billion dollar project, the mayor claims it's closer to the 700 million dollar range.
The project is 3rd on the state's priority list.
The mayor says his role with BridgeLink and Henderson's Mayor Austin is to make sure everyone realizes the importance of the project.  Winnecke said Governor Beshear received the project positively and that generally everyone understands the importance of the project. The speed bump is that that funding needs to be identified.
Winnecke says he's asked Governor Mike Pence to provide funding for a 3 million dollar environmental impact study.
The environmental impact study is expected to take 3 years. In the meantime work would be done to find funding for the project.Construction on the bridge, if approved, would begin in 2020. 

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