Government and Politics

Hwy 41 Bridge to Close until June

Oct 3, 2018

A busy bridge in Evansville will be closing for more than 6 months. 

The Indiana Department of Transportation says in a news release that contractors will close the southbound bridge on Highway 41 over Pigeon Creek, starting Thursday.

INDOT says crews will rehab the bridge deck and perform maintenance.

Southbound drivers on 41 will exit onto Diamond Avenue, using a temporary two-lane configuration on the exit ramp.

Motorists will have the option to go back onto U.S. 41, after both lanes cross over Pigeon Creek, or exit onto Diamond.

Isaiah Seibert / WNIN

All Vanderburgh County employees will receive a two percent raise. The raises are a part of the county’s 2019 budget, which county council approved at a meeting Wednesday morning.

"We’re kinda thrilled to be able to do that," Councilman Jim Raben said. Raben is the council's finance chair. He said higher tax revenue and cost-cutting across county agencies helped pay for the salary increases.

Sebree Exit Quickly Re-opens

Oct 3, 2018

The southbound I-69/Pennyrile Parkway exit at Sebree has reopened much sooner than expected. 

The ramp was closed to repair a underground water main break, and the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet warned the work to repair the pavement could take a long time.

But in a news release, the Cabinet’s Keith Todd says the agency’s Webster County crew, with help from the Henderson Section engineering staff, implemented a repair plan yesterday (Tues) and the work was quickly completed.

Todd said the crew filled in and packed material in the excavation.

Residents urged to register to vote

Sep 25, 2018
John Gibson

The League of Women Voters registered people for the November election at Central Library on Tuesday, National Voter Registration Day. 

The League’s Roberta Heiman says the group has been speaking to local high school seniors about becoming lifetime voters…

"And we invited them to make posters and videos of why it's important to vote."

The students’ posters are now on display in the Central Library lobby, and the winner will be posted on two billboards along Evansville roadways.

Heiman said Indiana has one of the lowest voter turnouts in the nation…

Evansville City Council

Updated at 11:44 a.m. CT.

Some Evansville city councilmembers are concerned about an Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) draft of suggestions to improve, but the council denied a resolution calling for public hearings about the highway’s future at its Monday night meeting.

Councilwoman Missy Mosby introduced the resolution because she’s concerned over what she sees as a lack of public input in INDOT’s long-term plans for the expressway.