Final two meetings for I-69 bridge this week

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The I-69 Ohio River Crossing team inches closer to another major milestone Monday night. It’s the second-to-last public meeting with three options still on the table.

As fast as Interstate 69 will get you where you need to go, you’ll need to be faster to have your voice heard on these preliminary plans, including two west routes near the existing Twin Bridges, and a central route across farmland.

Developers are looking to solidify plans for the bridge to carry the weight of Tri-State traffic and it could cost as much as $1.5 billion.    

Developers met Monday at McCollough Library in Evansville. The final public meeting is Tuesday in Henderson at the Housing Authority on Adams Street from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

The project was first unveiled this time last year with five options across the mighty Ohio. A second central route and a far east route have been eliminated from consideration.

“There are many impacts that you have to look at and they have to be considered very carefully,” Mindy Peterson, spokesperson for the ORX team said.

It has taken a year of careful consideration to get this far. Potentially hundreds of homes and dozens of businesses could be impacted by the construction of I-69 through Henderson.

“These are not decisions that are made quickly and they’re not decisions that are made lightly,” said Peterson.

Countless voices, with a stake for and against, have left their mark on the design. Whichever route is built you can count on a cost for every commute. Interstate 69 will have tolls and the twins might too.

There is still plenty of work to be done, and some or all of the design could change. The ORX team hopes to have one route nailed down by the fall.

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(This story was originally published April 30, 2018)

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