The appointment follows an extensive request for proposal (RFP) process led by Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) and Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC). The RFP was issued in August, two months after Indiana governor Mike Pence and Kentucky governor Matt Bevin signed a memorandum of agreement to advance project development.

Parsons will evaluate the feasibility and environmental impact of various routes for a new bridge to join existing sections of the I-69 in the two states. The environmental review and preliminary design are anticipated to be complete by the end of 2019.

I-69 stretches across eight states from Texas to Michigan but is currently disjointed. It has been designated by the US Department of Transportation as one of six “corridors of the future” and various projects are under way to complete the route and create a major north-south artery.