I-69 Ohio River bridge plan OK'd, 1 bridge would be tolled

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.

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