Evansville to Indianapolis
The completion of Interstate 69, connecting Evansville and Indianapolis and connecting Indiana with Kentucky via a new Ohio River bridge, remains our top advocacy and public policy priority.
For decades, we have led efforts to advance the construction of I-69. We applaud work done by the Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) to complete the first three sections of the interstate, which now provides seamless travel between Evansville and Crane.
Development of I-69 continues. Section 4, which connected Crane to Bloomington, opened at end of 2014. Construction on Section 5, which will carry I-69 from Bloomington to Martinsville, is slated to begin in summer 2015.
We continue to work closely with our partners at Hoosier Voices for I-69 and other key groups to advocate for the swift completion of the final segments.
A joint venture of the Southwest Indiana Chamber and Kyndle (the new organization created from the merger of the Henderson-Henderson County Chamber of Commerce and Northwest Kentucky Forward), BridgeLink is a nonprofit advocacy organization focused on building a new interstate bridge to link Indiana and Kentucky via Interstate 69.
Through BridgeLink, we’re advocating for construction of a new tolled I-69 Ohio River bridge to be complete and open to traffic by 2020. In addition to advocating for a new bridge, we support preserving a non-tolled route across the Ohio River for local commuters. On June 30, 2016, Indiana Governor Mike Pence and Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin jointly announced a memo of understanding between their respective states and the start of the environmental impact study and design work on a new I-69 bridge crossing the Ohio River. Missed the big announcement? Catch it here:
In conjunction with the completion of I-69 between Evansville and Indianapolis, and with upgrades to existing routes in Kentucky to Interstate standards, the new Ohio River bridge will provide a seamless, safe international trade corridor eventually connecting Canada, the United States, and Mexico, crossing through Indiana and Kentucky.