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Potential I-69 bridge corridors down to 3

John Gibson

The number of proposed corridors for an I-69 bridge connecting Evansville and Henderson has been reduced from five to three.

The 3 finalists include 2 western corridors and 1 central corridor.

I-69 Ohio River Crossing spokeswoman Mindy Peterson says both western corridors would eliminate the U.S. 41 Twin Bridges.

("You would instead have a six-lane I-69 bridge in place of the Twin Bridges")

Peterson says those routes would eliminate long term maintenance of the existing bridges -- one which is more than 50 years old and the other more than 80 years old.

A downside?

("Looking at West Corridor 1 -- the one just west of 41 -- you’re talking about many homes potentially being impacted there.  If you talk about West 2 – which is along the 41 corridor – you’re talking about possibly many businesses being impacted")

The center 1 corridor would be less expensive to build and would require fewer residential relocations and no business relocations.

But Peterson says to maintain both a new bridge and one or two of the old bridges could lead to tolls on the currently free bridges.

("What if that's a lower toll than the toll on the I-69 bridge? What if you don't toll those bridges and it's a free option? Can this project generate the revenue needed to make it a reality?"

The Ohio River Crossing team will discuss the 3 corridors during an open house at Milestones on S. Cullen Avenue in Evansville from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. on July 31st and at Henderson Community College the following evening.

You can see a map of the proposed corridors here: https://i69ohiorivercrossing.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/Screening-Process-Summary-Map.pdf

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