Preconstruction activities begin for I-69 ORX Section 1

By Berry Craig, Building Kentucky

Preconstruction activities are underway for Section 1 of the I-69 Ohio River Crossing (I-69 ORX) and are expected to continue through the spring. Work will include geotechnical drilling to collect rock and soil samples, surveying and tree clearing.

Construction on I-69 ORX Section 1 is expected to begin in early summer. More details will be provided closer to date as schedules are finalized. ORX Section 1 focuses on improvements in Henderson and extends from KY 425 to US 60. It will extend I-69 by more than six miles and includes interchanges with KY 351, US 41 near Kimsey Lane and at US 60. Construction is expected to continue through 2025.

I-69 ORX is divided into two sections for construction. I-69 ORX Section 2 is a bistate project between Kentucky and Indiana that will complete the I-69 connection from US 60 in Henderson to I-69 in Evansville. It includes the new river crossing. Design is expected to begin in 2025 with construction anticipated to begin in 2027 and continue through 2031. Both states continue to look for opportunities to accelerate that timeline.

The actual starting date and duration may be adjusted if inclement weather or other unforeseen activities occur.

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