EVANSVILLE, Ind. (AP) — Indiana and Kentucky officials have chosen a plan for an Interstate 69 bridge over the Ohio River.
WFIE TV reports that the Indiana Department of Transportation and the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet have decided that the four-lane I-69 bridge between Evansville and Henderson, Kentucky will be tolled.
But the existing northbound bridge carrying U.S. 41 will be kept open as a free two-way bridge.
Officials say that removing the southbound U.S. 41 span would save $145 million in long-term maintenance costs. Tolling only the I-69 bridge would mean less of an impact on lower-income motorists.
The bridge will cross the river between Audubon State Park and Green River State Park.
Construction on the $1.5 billion span could start in 2021 and be completed by 2025.