State leaders in Indiana and Kentucky have agreed to pursue a project that would construct a bridge that would cross the Ohio River and extend Interstate 69 into the latter state. The highway currently stops just short of the state line in Evansville, Ind.
Indiana Gov. Mike Pence and Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin made a formal announcement of the agreement last week and indicated that a request for proposals (RFP) would be issued by the end of the year for the environmental and design phases of the project.
Officials said that the two states will share the costs of development, design and environmental testing work for the bridge project. The state governments have allocated $17 million for the preliminary work that will ensue following the RFP process.
Though the bridge project has been years in the making, it is still early enough in the planning stages that a location has not yet been determined. The bridge, however, will be built on a piece of property between Evansville and Henderson, Ken., officials have said.
The project will now undergo a federal review that will include site selection, a process that could take up to three years.