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I-69 bridge proposals tweaked

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The group heading up the I-69 bridge project has announced some “refinements” to its 3 proposals. 

The I-69 Ohio River Crossing Project Team says the changes reflect public input gathered from surveys, community conversations, and a booth at Henderson’s Tri-Fest in April.

The two “west alternatives” have been adjusted to reduce impacts to homes, businesses, and a cemetery along and near the Henderson Strip.

A change to the central alternative is designed to improve access to businesses along the strip and on U.S. 60.

Dan Prevost is the “environmental lead” for the project…

"Trying to construct a new interstate in a very developed area would have effects on both businesses and residents so there's certainly concern we're hearing regarding that. The other was really the potential for that Central Alternative 1 allignment to serve effectively as a bypass of that business district"

I-69 ORX Spokeswoman Mindy Peterson said many people want to see at least one of the Twin Bridges remain, possibly as a toll-free alternative…

"We're hearing from a lot of folks. They do of course support an I-69 bridge but they are very interested in a toll-free alternative, if that is possible, a toll-free option f0r them. That's one of the things that we heard from the community conversation." 

Peterson said tolling levels would be decided after the group makes its “record of decision” by fall 2019.