SLIDESHOW: Big Four Bridge opens - WDRB 41 Louisville News

SLIDESHOW: Big Four Bridge opens

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LOUISVILLE, KY. (WDRB) -- Walkers, joggers, and bicyclists can now go onto the Big Four Bridge and cross toward the Indiana side.

The gates opened at 11:10 a.m., and a crowd of near a thousand eagerly and quickly marched up the ramp to the top of the old railroad bridge that has not been used since 1969.

Joe Ward was one of the first to make the trip upward. "This is an historic occasion, we've been waiting for years," he said.

Like Ward, Allison Torpy brought along her bike. "We have a bike shop in town," she said, "so we will be doing a lot of riding across the river, it is just wonderful."

Deepa Singh made it unanimous. "I think it is beautiful," she says, "I think it is wonderful that the bridge is now open; hopefully it will promote people going outside and taking a walk and becoming more healthy."

It has taken several decades and about $25 million to finally get to this point.

David Karem, the president of the Waterfront Development Corporation,told the crowd of onlookers, "This just absolutely turned out to exceed any expectation we had about this, it is just beautiful."

The people WDRB spoke with say it is a bridge project well worth the investment, most of which is taxpayer dollars.

The restored bridge, built in 1895 is the last major attraction of Waterfront Park to open.

The ramp on the Indiana side isn't expected to be finished until later this summer.

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