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Moore, INDOT review Jeffersonville Big Four Bridge delays

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JEFFERSONVILLE, Ind. (WDRB) -- The often-delayed Jeffersonville ramp to the Big Four Bridge will not open until late May or later.

A meeting between frustrated city officials and the chief of staff for the Indiana Dept. of Transportation on Wednesday did not convince officials to move up that date or to allow an April 30 opening with temporary lighting.

Jeffersonville Mayor Mike Moore says he's frustrated because the Kentucky side in Louisville was completed more than a year ago. Moore had harsh words for INDOT officials after meetings last week.

Handrails and lighting are still being installed on the Indiana side and the state says for safety reasons, the bridge will remain closed until all that work is finished. Moore had previously announced the April 30 opening, after he believed he had INDOT's blessing. The department is overseeing construction of the ramp.

Moore said no changes were made during Wednesday's meeting -- just discussion of progress.

"I mean, we've got merchants who have opened up new restaurants," Moore said. "It's very frustrating. My background was in the restaurant industry before I became mayor and it's all about getting the customer in your door. We've got a great opportunity. We need to quit playing games and get it open."

INDOT chief of staff Troy Woodruff was not available for an on-camera interview. On his INDOT Twitter feed, he wrote of "good progress since last week" and that he was "glad to see all the work moving forward."

Woodruff also responded to a Twitter question from a southern Indiana resident about the delays.

"We are all frustrated, but we want it right the first time, so we can be out of your way," Woodruff wrote.

INDOT has said it cannot accommodate any temporary fixes to allow early access to the ramp until construction work is completely finished, for safety and liability reasons. It hopes to open the ramp before the Second Street (Clark Memorial) bridge closed to pedestrian and vehicular traffic at the end of May, but the weather and other variables could force an opening into June.

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