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Governors Pence, Bevin announce MOU agreement to begin the I-69 bridge project

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At a press conference today in Henderson, KY, Indiana Governor Mike Pence and Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin announced and signed a Memo of Understanding to begin the I-69 bridge project. “Effective today, we will initiate both the study and design of a new bridge for I-69 over the mighty Ohio River,” said Governor Pence at a standing room only press conference.

In a press release sent out by the Indiana Department of Transportation, both Governors shared these thoughts. “As the Crossroads of America, we know that roads mean jobs here in the Hoosier state,” said Governor Pence. “The partnership we are announcing today is a significant step in completing the vision of I-69 that will strengthen our transportation network and support economic investment and opportunity for generations of Hoosiers to come.”

Governor Bevin added, “I-69 is opening up Western Kentucky like never before. Advancing the Ohio River Crossing will continue to build on that momentum. This additional north-south trunk will invite investment and spark further job growth in Kentucky. Our partnership will pay dividends for the entire Commonwealth.”

This is a monumental announcement as this critical infrastructure project now moves closer to becoming a reality. The Request for Proposals for the Environmental Impact Study will be released in the coming months. For more information about the project from the Indiana Department of Transportation, visit www.I69Crossing.indot.in.gov.

 

69 BridgeLink Commends KY Governor Matt Bevin and KY General Assembly For Critical Funding in 2016 Legislative Session

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 (Henderson, KY)- The Board of Directors for 69 BridgeLink commend the leadership and support for the I-69 bridge project by Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin and the Kentucky General Assembly during the 2016 legislative session.

The passage of HB 309 will allow Public-Private Partnership (P3) financing in the Commonwealth. A P3 allows the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) a critical new financing tool to begin to build this critical piece of infrastructure.

The bold actions of the Governor and Legislature to invest $28.8 million in pre-construction funding for the I-69 bridge found in the Commonwealth’s transportation budget over the next three years will prove to expedite the economic development and prosperity for Western Kentucky and Southwest Indiana. Here is a breakdown of the funding:

FY ’16- Planning/Environmental work: $2.8 million

FY ’17- Design work: $6.0 million

FY ’18- Right of Way work: $20.0 million

With an eye to the future, the General Assembly also included another $15 million for utility work in their recommendation for later years.

“The priorities laid out in the Kentucky legislature are so important to moving this project forward,” said BridgeLink Chairman Bob Koch. “$28.8 million in funding is a huge commitment by Governor Bevin and the Kentucky Legislature. We applaud their leadership and vision for this project. We will continue to work with Governor Mike Pence, the Indiana General Assembly, and INDOT to secure adequate funding from Indiana to continue our momentum to completing this project.”

Background: On October 14, 2013, the Southwest Indiana Chamber, Kyndle, and the mayors of both Evansville and Henderson announced the creation a non-profit advocacy group, BridgeLink, whose sole focus is to advocate for the building of a new interstate bridge linking I-69. BridgeLink’s mission is to advocate for the construction of a new tolled Interstate 69 bridge by no later than 2020 and preservation of an untolled route across the river for local residents. For more information please visit www.69bridgelink.com.

Southwest Indiana Chamber hosts Transportation Funding Event

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On Monday, August 17, the Southwest Indiana Chamber hosted an event focusing on the future of transportation funding. Much of the event focused on local projects, including the I-69 bridge. See coverage below:

http://www.courierpress.com/news/i69/i69-bridge-could-help-perception-issue-for-evansville_72709575

After the event, the Evansville Courier & Press ran an editorial in it’s Sunday, August 23 paper, further highlighting the need for a new I-69 bridge:

http://www.courierpress.com/opinion/editorials/vision-that-brought-i69-can-build-bridge_08517589

For more information, please contact Justin Groenert, Executive Director, at jgroenert@swinchamber.com.

Southwest Regional Logistics Council includes I-69 bridge in long range plans

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The Conexus Indiana Southwest Regional Logistics Council (SWRLC) released its regional logistics strategic plan on Monday, June 15, at the Southwest Indiana Chamber offices. This plan details long-term infrastructure, public policy and talent development priorities to grow the logistics industry and the economy in the 18-county region.

BridgeLink is proud to have the I-69 bridge names as a tier one project.

For more information, please click this link: https://conexusindiana.wordpress.com/2015/06/16/southwest-regional-logistics-council-unveils-first-ever-plan-to-strengthen-southwest-indianas-logistics-industry/

 

HB 1036 heads to Governor’s Desk

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The Indiana Senate passed a key piece of legislation that will allow transportation officials to decide the best route for I-69 into Indianapolis. HB 1036, authored by Rep. John Price (HD 47) and Sen. Rod Bray (SD 37), passed with a vote of 31-19. The bill will now move to Governor Mike Pence’s desk.

HB 1036 removed language from Indiana’s Major Moves legislation that required legislative approval for use of the Indiana-37 corridor. Currently, I-69 is running up the I-37 corridor from Bloomington, IN to Martinsville, IN.

Key partners, including BridgeLink, Hoosier Voices for I-69, the Southwest Indiana Chamber, the Indiana Chamber, and various local Chambers up and down the I-69 corridor, advocated for his piece of legislation.

Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) is currently working on the development of Section 6, the final leg of I-69 from Evansville to Indianapolis. HB 1036 will allow transportation officials to make the best economic and environmental choice in where to route this final leg of I-69 into Indianapolis.

I-69 Bill moving in Indiana General Assembly

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The Indiana State Senate Homeland Security and Transportation Committee will hear HB 1036 on Tuesday, April 7th. The bill would remove language preventing I-69 from being built through Perry Township, outside of Indianapolis. The bill impacts the final leg of I-69 connecting the new route from Evansville into Indianapolis. The bill passed the Indiana House of Representatives 83-11 in February.

Read more about this bill here: http://iga.in.gov/legislative/2015/bills/house/1036

 

Route for Final Section of I-69 Clears House Panel

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Check this out for progress on I-69 in Indiana.

Link to the article.

 

Bucshon, House Re-Launch Bipartisan Interstate 69 Congressional Caucus

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We appreciate the leadership of Rep. Larry Bucshon and Rep. Ed Whitfield on I-69. We look forward to meeting with the I-69 Caucus in April.

Link to the article. 

Kentuckians for Better Transportation Conference

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It’s that time of year again. We’re happy to back at the Kentuckians for Better Transportation Conference in Lexington.

I-69 Regional Summit

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Great work by the Bloomington Chamber to host this event. It’s a packed house.

Regional Summit

 

NDOT Commissioner Karl Browning discussing their work on the bridge project.

Karl Browning

LG Sue Ellspermann kicking off the I-69 Regional Summit.

Sue Ellsperman

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