The I-69 Ohio River Crossing Project Team has updated the preliminary alternatives being considered for a new I-69 bridge.
The team has also updated cost estimates and relocation numbers.
Each alternative is expected to require tolls, traditional funds, and grant opportunities to fund construction.
The team is expected to choose a preferred alternative by this fall.
“Public input is an important part of this project,” said Janelle Lemon, Indiana Department of Transportation project manager. “Since the open houses in February, the Project Team has continued gathering public input through additional surveys, Community Conversations and interaction during Tri-Fest. We have heard from the public and have used that feedback to further refine all three alternatives.”
Here are the updates:
West Alternative 1 and West Alternative 2
The connection between US 41 and US 60 has been modified to reduce impacts to residences and businesses.
A retaining wall has been added to avoid impacts to a small cemetery within the Merrill Place development.
West Alternative 2
The intersection of Elm Street and Watson Lane has been modified to improve safety and access in the interchange area.
Central Alternative 1
The connection between I-69 and US 41 has been modified to improve access to US 60 and the commercial strip.
“One key change is for Central Alternative 1,” said Marshall Carrier, Kentucky Transportation Cabinet project manager. “We distributed surveys to more than 900 businesses near the project area and followed up by visiting nearly 100 businesses along the US 41 strip in Henderson. Several business owners were concerned about the connection between I-69 and US 41. More design work was done, changes were made and the result is a more direct connection.”
Updated cost estimate
The updated costs reflect new construction estimates for materials, labor, and equipment.
West Alternative 1 – Residential: 242 – Business: 27
West Alternative 2 – Residential: 96 – Business: 64
Central Alternative 1 – Residential: 4 – Business: 0
The Project Team held two open houses in early February to discuss preliminary alternatives.
Since the open houses, surveys have been received from the public and businesses.
According to the team, most residents support tolling the new I-69 crossing if there is a toll-free crossing also available.
In the survey, another concern raised for West Alternative 1 and 2 were the impact they would have on homes and businesses.
One concern with Central Alternative 1 would be the negative affect for businesses by allowing drivers to bypass US 41.
(This story was originally published on June 18, 2018)