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JEFFERSONVILLE, In (WDRB) -- The Big Four Bridge is getting closer to completion and those on the Indiana side say they're ready to accommodate the extra foot traffic.
New businesses are opening and some current businesses are expanding, hoping the bridge will bring new customers to downtown Jeffersonville.
The Louisville ramp of the Big Four Bridge has been open to pedestrian and bicycle traffic since February.
But the Jeffersonville side is still being finished, expected to open this November.
Right now, you can walk all the way across, over the Ohio River but you can't get off.
"It's sad to see people waving down from up there, while we're sitting here waving back," said Sarah Mouttet, co-owner, Riverside Cigars & Match Bar.
Her businesses are just a block from the river and the bridge ramp.
"We're super excited because we're going to get a lot more foot traffic and a lot more people are going to see our business," she told WDRB.
Mouttet thinks the people coming over from Louisville will be pleased with what Jeffersonville has to offer within walking distance.
"What's nice about our side is you get off and there's so many opportunities where there's a park on the other side so we have a lot of chances to grow and be exposed."
She says they'd even consider expanding business hours.
"If there's a lot of people over here after midnight, we'll adjust," she said.
Also on the Jeffersonville side, right at the edge of the bridge ramp, is Old Bridge Inn Bed and Breakfast.
They, too, are ready for the bridge to open.
"We sort of named it after the bridge. The old bridge that goes nowhere so we were like oh my gosh. It couldn't have worked out better for the name of the business and the house and the property and everything so yea we're psyched," said owner Linda Williams.
At least four new businesses are expected to open in downtown Jeffersonville in time for the bridge opening.
Current business owners don't see them as competition, but rather growth for the area.
"Bring it on. The more restaurants and shops we have the better it'll be," said Williams.
The Indiana side is expected to open in November.
Chestnut Street is still closed in downtown Jeffersonville but should be open in time for the bridge opening.