Work in Progress: I-69 Ohio River Crossing

Southwest Indiana is on the precipice of visible change. Here’s a look at what’s in store for a new Interstate 69 bridge crossing the Ohio River and linking Indiana with Kentucky. Read about more projects in the June/July 2024 Evansville Business feature story.

Interstate 69 bridge

The top transportation priority of bi-state officials for decades, the Interstate 69 bridge project connecting Evansville and Henderson, Kentucky, shows movement.

During her first State of the City address April 9, Evansville Mayor Stephanie Terry announced the I-69 Ohio River Crossing will take another step forward late this summer, when the Indiana Department of Transportation breaks ground on Section 3.

This portion covers the approach on the Indiana side, beginning with a new interchange at Veterans Memorial Parkway east of Eagle Slough Natural Area and ending at the Kentucky State line just north of the Ohio River. Completion of this part of the project is slated for 2026, with construction of the bridge itself currently scheduled to wrap up in 2031.

“But we are working with other stakeholders to look for federal grant opportunities that would accelerate that timeline,” Terry said during her speech.

Contractor Ragle Inc. and consultant Stantec began construction on Section 1 – a six-mile-plus stretch forming interchanges with KY 351, U.S. 41, and U.S. 60 – in summer 2022, with completion projected for 2025. Section 2 covers the building of the four-lane bridge beginning in 2027. 

Jodi Keen
Jodi Keen
Jodi Keen is the managing editor of Evansville Living and Evansville Business magazines.

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