Indiana approach to Big Four Bridge opens to large crowds - WDRB 41 Louisville News

Indiana approach to Big Four Bridge opens to large crowds

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Runners and bikers were lined up ready to cross state lines Tuesday, as city and state officials helped cut the ribbon on the Indiana approach of the Big Four Bridge.

After over a year of delays, the Indiana side of the bridge opened up to the public Tuesday. The opening will allow pedestrians to go back and forth from Louisville to Jeffersonville 24 hours a day without ever getting in their car.

Both Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer and Jeffersonville Mayor Mike Moore spoke to the long wait and the numerous delays associated with the Indiana side of the project. Moore has been outspoken about the delays in recent months, going as far as to criticize INDOT's management of the project. Tuesday the mayor said he wanted to put all the negativity in the past.

"I'm never one to dwell on the negative," said Moore. "Yeah we've had some difficulties. We are past them. Today is a day to smile."

Moore said the opening was a sure thing as of Monday, but he didn't know until Tuesday morning when state and city officials on both sides would be available for an official ceremony. The Tuesday opening was a welcome surprise, as it was Moore's 50th birthday.

"Thank you all for showing up to my birthday party," he told the crowd. "You can leave your presents down at the bottom of the ramp."

The entrance to the bridge still looks like a construction zone, as crews continue to work on the new green space at the foot of the bridge. The space will include an amphitheater and playground.

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