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Firm chosen to work on I-69 bridge project

It’s another step forward for an I-69 bridge connecting Evansville and Henderson. 

The Indiana Department of Transportation and the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet have selected Parsons Transportation Group to complete preliminary design work and an environmental review for the I-69 Ohio River Crossing.

The review will collect public input and study potential routes to connect the existing I-69 in Evansville and the upgraded Pennyrile Parkway south of Henderson.

A news release from INDOT says the Parsons team scored the highest in a two-step, competitive process that reviewed the firms’ technical qualifications.

Contract negotiations are expected to begin this week and wrap up by the end of the year.

In June, the group BridgeLink estimated the cost of a four-lane bridge just east of the existing Twin Bridges at about $850 million. Original cost estimates for a six-lane bridge were $1.4 billion.

The group also recommended "modest tolls" for the new bridge and keeping the Twin Bridges for local traffic.

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