LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – There is a light at the end of the tunnel for the Big Four bridge as the Indiana ramp is one step closer to opening. All that's left and needed are the lights.
Construction on the ramp in Louisville started about a year before construction in Indiana. On the Kentucky side there was a lot of open space, but in Jeffersonville city leaders had to make sure certain historic buildings and homes were moved properly.
It's a project that is nearing its end which is good news for the city and all the new development going on right now.
"We've all been hopeful to get this bridge open as soon as possible," said Jeffersonville Mayor Mike Moore.
Mayor Moore wishes people could already be crossing into Jeffersonville. "It's frustrating for me to see everything on this ramp complete except for something we don't see in the middle of the day, the lights," said Moore.
That's the only thing keeping the bridge from opening, but the planned custom made lights are still being made and probably won't be ready till at least mid-May.
Moore said he's gotten verbal agreement from the Federal Highway Commission and INDOT to put up temporary lights and speed up the opening. He's hoping for the Wednesday before Derby, the day of the Great Steamboat Race. Moore says the city's re-development commission has $20,000 in the fund that can be used.
"When you think of the impact, the businesses over here are going to have every single day, we're going to exceed an economic impact in this area here that far exceeds $20,000 every single day," said Moore.
Businesses like Big Four Burgers and Beer on Spring Street, named for the pedestrian bridge now all they need are the pedestrians.
Just a few blocks away, Brandi Ronau and her husband are preparing to open their first brew pub, Red Yeti Brewing.
"I'm so excited about the bridge opening and everyone in Louisville also getting a chance to come down to this area and to see the growth and enjoy the environment down here," said Ronau.
Moore is just waiting for a written agreement between the federal and state transportation departments. Once he gets the ok, he says the temporary lights will go up and a ribbon cutting will follow.