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Jeffersonville mayor blasts INDOT over Big Four Bridge progress

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Jeffersonville Mayor Mike Moore. Jeffersonville Mayor Mike Moore.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Jeffersonville Mayor Mike Moore expressed "disappointment and frustration" with the Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) Thursday afternoon in a press release criticizing the department's decision not to open the Big Four Bridge on April 30 as originally planned.

"The City of Jeffersonville has done everything possible to open the ramp," Moore stated in the release. "Unfortunately, our repeated requests have fallen on deaf ears. Despite INDOT's assurances that the Big Four would open Derby Week, we are now told that it will remain closed. It's just the latest disappointment in INDOT's management of this project."

"The opening of the Big Four is nearly a year behind schedule," he continued. "There has been one delay after another. The citizens of Jeffersonville deserve better than to have its side of the Big Four remain shut-down when it could be open now. INDOT will not allow an early opening despite the City's recent steps."

According to Moore's office, the Jeffersonville Redevelopment Commission approved the installation of temporary lighting on the ramp with an assurance from INDOT that the Big Four would open on April 30.

"The City did what INDOT wanted so we could open the Big Four," said Moore. "We were told that adding temporary lighting would solve the problem until the permanent lighting was installed. And now less than two weeks before the opening, we're told we have to wait again."

"The City has done everything it has been asked to do," Moore said. "We've worked with INDOT to develop a plan to open the bridge sooner rather than later. But unfortunately, INDOT wants to keep it close. It's very frustrating because it's an INDOT project."

"It's disappointing that INDOT doesn't recognize how important this project is to citizens of Jeffersonville," Moore said. "With INDOT's refusal to allow us to open the bridge with temporary lighting, we are once again uncertain when the Big Four will open."

Will Wingfield of INDOT takes issue with Moore's complaints, claiming that INDOT never agreed to an April 30 opening date and argues that it would be a mistake to open the bridge while construction is still ongoing. 

Wingfield also said INDOT would not respond to Moore's comments in the media.

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