Corridor Plan Updates & Routing Within Corridors / Re: New Corridor Connecting St Louis to Louisville??« on: July 04, 2013, 10:01:58 am »
Another option for the St. Louis to Louisville Route could be to go south from Mt. Carmel on Illinois 1 to Crossville, Illinois . At Crossville, take Illinois 14 to Historic New Harmony, Indiana, then head east toward Evansville and Louisville. This would allow a crossing into Indiana. This a toll bridge but leads into a very scenic and historical area.This bridge has since been closed to all traffic: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_Harmony_Toll_Bridge
Illinois 14 is not traveled because most of the traffic stays on Interstate 64. Again this might be another option.
Nearest alternates are:
*Wabash Memorial Bridge to the south - which is electronic toll collection only, and it's not clear how cyclists are supposed to pay: http://www.in.gov/indot/2708.htm
*I-64 to the north - no bikes
*Mt. Carmel - new bridge opened 2011 with wide shoulders, as omayer describes above
There's also a weird one-lane wooden toll bridge at St. Francisville. Might be fun but not a way to route unsuspecting cyclists: http://www.spokesrider.com/2010/10/24/wabash-cannonball-bridge/