New I-69 Bridge Could be Cheaper than First Projected

Published 06/10 2014 05:26PM

Updated 06/10 2014 05:27PM

Evansville Mayor Lloyd Winnecke says the I-69 bridge could be a lot cheaper than first projected.

Mayor Winnecke says a new study shows the bridge could cost about $800 million. That's $600 million less than first thought.

Winnecke says this new estimate is partly based on the savings seen in St. Louis with the I-70 bridge.

"The 2008 estimate of $1.4 billion we believe is high," said Mayor Winnecke. "Now with what we've witnessed in St. Louis we really believe it's high, and so we have folks working to narrow to a more refined scope."

Mayor Winnecke and Henderson Mayor Steve Austin hope to have the bridge built by the year 2020. Both expect it to be a toll bridge. However, a price to cross the bridge hasn't been revealed.

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