EVANSVILLE, Ind. (WEHT) – On Wednesday, the Indiana Department of Transportation held a press conference with Mayor Lloyd Winnecke and other area officials to announce a partnership surrounding a proposed pedestrian project on US 41 near Bosse High School.

The press conference was held at Bosse High School Wednesday at 10 a.m.

Watch the full press conference in the video player above.

The City of Evansville, the State of Indiana, and INDOT announced that they are going to be working together on building a new pedestrian crossing.

Mayor Winnecke said it will take two to three years to get the project underway.

“Improving overall safety is our first priority,” said Mayor Winnecke. “Since day one, my office has been patiently working with community stakeholders and INDOT officials. Because of our collaborative efforts, pedestrians crossing U.S. 41 near Washington will have a safe path.”

Officials said people have been advocating for this overpass for years, citing concerns over the safety of students walking across the busy intersection.

Back in October, Mayor Winnecke invited Governor Eric Holcomb to the site to discuss the need for improvements.

The project will cost approximately $5 million and construction is expected to start following letting, which is scheduled for late 2023.

In the meantime, INDOT has committed to making small changes to the current traffic configuration to maximize the amount of time pedestrians have to cross.

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(This story was originally published on November 6, 2019)