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Southern Indiana ramp to Big Four Bridge opens

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Mayors Mike Moore of Jeffersonville and Greg Fischer of Louisville cut the ribbon to open the Big Four Bridge. Mayors Mike Moore of Jeffersonville and Greg Fischer of Louisville cut the ribbon to open the Big Four Bridge.
Walkers take to the fully opened bridge to cross the Ohio River. Walkers take to the fully opened bridge to cross the Ohio River.
Chester Watkins Chester Watkins
Jack Lamon Jack Lamon

JEFFERSONVILLE, IN (WAVE) - After years of anticipation, the Big Four Bridge has opened to foot, stroller and bicycle traffic Tuesday afternoon following a ribbon cutting ceremony hosted by the mayors of Jeffersonville and Louisville.

The opening, which came just one day after INDOT signed off on handrail ramp lighting deeming the Jeffersonville approach complete, served as a perfect birthday present for Mayor Mike Moore, who turned 50.

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"This is a historic moment in our lives," said Moore.

It was a moment Louisville bicyclists Jack Lamon and Chester Watkins felt could not have come soon enough.

"It didn't seem like we were having any progress," said Watkins.

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While the avid bikers were excited to now take their pedal power across the Ohio River, they shared a new concern.

"I think it would be really crowded to tell you the truth," said Lamon.

"Follow the rules, like the bikes are supposed to be in the middle and people walking are supposed to be on each side," said Watkins. "They turn around and look at us like, 'why are you blowing at me?'."

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Despite their concern of crowding, both men said they were still excited about the bridge's grand opening; a sentiment shared by both the Louisville and Jeffersonville mayors.

"Opening up a bridge to Indiana to Kentucky," began Moore, "I just can't imagine life getting any better."

"It's just been something that's been long awaited so people are very happy here," said Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer.

Maintenance of the Indiana ramp is now the responsibility of the city of Jeffersonville.

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