Gov. Holcomb announces next steps in Ohio River Crossing


INDIANAPOLIS (WEHT) – Gov. Eric J. Holcomb announced Tuesday that the Indiana Department of Transportation will take the next steps to advance the development of an Interstate 69 crossing over the Ohio River near Evansville.

The state has identified a preferred route alternative in partnership with the Commonwealth of Kentucky that will include a new, four-lane tolled Interstate 69 bridge over the Ohio River and retain one of the existing U.S. 41 Ohio River bridges to support local traffic. The remaining U.S. 41 Ohio River bridge will be non-tolled.

“Our globally recognized transportation network and prime location make Indiana one of the most attractive places in the U.S. to do business,” Gov. Holcomb said in a news release.

Selection of the preferred alternative route allows for the publishing of a final environmental impact statement and record of decision, both of which are expected in 2021. Kentucky and Indiana will share costs for the $1.5 billion design and construction of the project using a combination of toll revenue and existing federal and state transportation funds.

“As we finish construction of I-69 between Evansville and Indianapolis, Hoosiers are already experiencing the benefits of a faster, safer connection between Southwest Indiana and our capital city and points beyond,” Indiana Department of Transportation Commissioner Joe McGuinness said in a news release.

Construction on the Ohio River Crossing is anticipated to begin following the opening to traffic of I-69 Section 6 between Martinsville and Indianapolis in late 2024.

(This story was originally published on January 19, 2021)

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