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Jeffersonville mayor hopes Big Four Bridge ramp opens by Derby weekend

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Jeffersonville Mayor Mike Moore discussed the future of the Big Four Bridge with WDRB's Lindsay Allen. Jeffersonville Mayor Mike Moore discussed the future of the Big Four Bridge with WDRB's Lindsay Allen.
A crowd of onlookers demanded to know when the fence on the completed ramp to the Big Four would be taken down. A crowd of onlookers demanded to know when the fence on the completed ramp to the Big Four would be taken down.
Mayor Moore says he hopes the ramp will be open to the public by Derby weekend. Mayor Moore says he hopes the ramp will be open to the public by Derby weekend.

JEFFERSONVILLE, Ind. (WDRB) -- A crowd of onlookers stood behind a fence at the Indiana side of the Big Four Bridge, demanding to know when the ramp would open to the public.

Numerous deadlines have passed and yet the Indiana ramp to the popular pedestrian bridge remains closed despite being finished.

WDRB's Lindsay Allen walked with Jeffersonville Mayor Mike Moore to the top of the Indiana ramp Tuesday as a crowd with questions awaited behind the fence.

"Nobody wants that fence coming down more than me, I promise you," Mayor Moore told the onlookers.

"When can we walk across the bridge? We want in," said Sellersburg resident Kim Breedlove.

"We wanted to bring them up here to show them the Big Four Bridge but you can't quite get through," said Louisville resident Steve Riester.

The original target for opening was April 2013, then August and then November.

"We've been told it will happen and it has yet to happen, so it's just kinda like a tease you know," said Clarksville resident Kelsey Miller.

All have come and gone, yet this fence remains.

Mayor Moore says the holdup is the state of Indiana's mandate that lights have to be installed.

"INDOT, the state of Indiana, controls this project. They are funding 80 percent of its cost and they are the ones that told us, 'Mr. Mayor, you will not open that ramp until the lights are in place,'" Moore said.

Residents who live near the bridge in Jeffersonville had concerns about the original lighting package, which they felt would have shone too bright in their neighborhood.

The new lights will fit under the newly installed handicap accessible handrails.

"A lot of these homes are 100, 150 years old so we had to be real careful about what we could do or couldn't do," Moore said.

Measurements were taken and now the lights are being manufactured. It will take an additional 2 to 3 weeks to install them.

When pressed for an exact date on when the fence will come down, Moore said, "The state is telling us Derby weekend is what we are hopeful for."

If the Mayor's goal of Derby weekend is met, that's a full 15 months after the Louisville side opened.

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