JEFFERSONVILLE, IN (WAVE) - Construction on the Big Four Bridge ramp and stair tower on the Indiana side of the pedestrian bridge has been completed, and the ramp could open as early as Tuesday, according to the Indiana Department of Transportation and the city of Jeffersonville.
Officials with INDOT and the city performed walk-through inspections on Monday with Hummel Electric of Evansville after the installation of handrail lighting for both the ramp and the stair tower to the bridge were completed. The handrail lighting was chosen in consultation with the Old Jeffersonville Historic District to meet federal historic preservation requirements.
The $8.5 million ramp and stair tower were funded up to 80 percent with Federal Highway Administration funds. The city of Jeffersonville designed the project and is paying at least 20 percent in federal match.
"The Indiana ramp and stair tower to the Big Four Bridge were completed today -- not partially, but fully -- and at the lowest possible cost to Jeffersonville taxpayers," INDOT chief of staff Troy Woodruff. "The bike and pedestrian facility is a great attraction for tourism, recreation and transportation in southern Indiana."
The city owns and maintains the approach upon completion and is responsible for coordinating the opening of the ramp with the Waterfront Development Corporation in Louisville. Jeffersonville City Attorney Les Merkley said the city will move as quickly as possible to open the ramp and provide public access to the bridge from the Indiana side as soon as it receives written notification from INDOT, giving the city control of the ramp.
Construction of a Big Four Station will continue surrounding the ramp.