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Big Four Bridge ramp to finally open

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Jeffersonville Mayor Mike Moore Jeffersonville Mayor Mike Moore
Logan Rose Logan Rose
Dominique Collins Dominique Collins
Marisha Jackson Marisha Jackson
Sparkle Beeler Sparkle Beeler

JEFFERSONVILLE, IN (WAVE) – After a slew of delays, the Big Four Bridge has been given the thumbs up by the Indiana Department of Transportation to open in the Hoosier state.

INDOT announced construction wrapped up Monday for the $8.5 million handrail lighting for the Indiana ramp and stair tower.

That news is making a lot of walkers like Logan Rose happy, "There's been lots of times that I thought it was open and then I walked all the way down there and there was a big gate," he explained.

[PREVIOUS STORY: Ramp construction on Indiana side of Big Four Bridge complete]

That's been the complaint for months and months as Kentucky's side of the Big Four Bridge was open, while Indiana's dates to open came and went again and again.

Walker Dominique Collins said, "We walked down there and I seen it wasn't open I want it to open up so I can see what's on the other side." Monday night, walkers started hearing the news that the bridge to nowhere would be no more. 

Rose said, "It will be nice to get to be able to go back and forth between the states." Walker Marisha Jackson agreed, "I think that would be awesome so we can actually go over there and explore a little bit."  Her friend, Sparkle Beeler added, "I bring my kids out here often and we've been trying to exercise as I'm losing weight from a recent baby so, it's good to be able to walk all the way over verses just over to this side."

Maybe most excited? The man who has been hearing about it for months, Jeffersonville Mayor Mike Moore. "We did get good news today," Moore smiled.

So, when will it open? Moore said he's ready and now it's up to the Louisville Waterfront Corporation to take down the gate.

"I know with it being election day people may have other plans and I know how important this opening is to everybody in Indiana and Kentucky and I know Mayor Fischer is anxious to get it open," Moore said. "I know all my store owners in Jeffersonville are anxious to bring in all these new customers from Louisville and if at all possible I would love to be able to walk across that bridge about 5 tomorrow evening."

Two new restaurants are opening this week in downtown Jeffersonville and Moore said Tuesday he will turn 50, so he would love nothing more than for the bridge to open on his birthday. Will Louisville provide that present? A spokesman for Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer said the date and time will be announced mid-morning Tuesday.

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