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Coming soon: lights on the Big 4 Bridge

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- The Big 4 Bridge has become a popular destination for walkers, runners, bicyclists and tourists and waterfront officials have secured the $1.8 million needed to light it up.

"Yes it has a big price tag but with LEDs, it'll last for a very long time," said Mike Kimmel, Deputy Director of Waterfront Development Corporation.

Officials plan to add colored LED lights to the bridge, making it more inviting after the sun goes down.

The idea came from similar light shows on bridges in Buffalo, New York and Istanbul, Turkey.

"We've been enchanted by some of the lighting that's been on other bridges all over the world," said Kimmel.

"If they come up with the funding, I have no problem with it. I think it could be a good addition," said Wayne Turner.

Those that use the bridge like Wayne Turner say they like the idea.

"It just adds to the downtown atmosphere which has really improved over the last decade. I've been here since 2000 and it's been a very dramatic change," Turner told WDRB.

"A lot of investment has been made in it so far, especially downtown and the waterfront, it just creates another attraction for people downtown to come see," added Jason Coffey.

They think it'll bring more visitors, especially at night.

"Daytime of course is more family and people walking their pets and riding bikes and nighttime, the crowds drop off so less people, it's a little less inviting as well," said Coffey.

Turner says it sounds like a lot of money for lights but he thinks it's a good investment that will impact the city in a positive way.

"When you look at the larger scheme of things and the size of community we live in, less than a dollar per person probably if you look at the larger population and I think that's well worth it," he said.

The light display could make its debut in about 18 months.

Meanwhile, the Indiana side of the Big 4 Bridge should open in the spring.

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