LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- The Ohio River Greenway starts in Jeffersonville at the Big Four Bridge and stretches for seven miles through Clarksville and New Albany.

The walking path lines the banks of the Ohio River, connects the three communities, and although the project, isn’t completed yet, pedestrians are already using it.

“You get to go to New Albany without getting on any main roads,” said Danny Spainhour, who frequently rides his bike through the area. “It will be nice to be able to go all the way to New Albany.”

The last major phase of the project is to finish the bridge over Silver Creek connecting Clarksville and New Albany. Construction on the bridge started more than a year ago and should be done around the end of this year. 

Local leaders say the three communities are already seeing the return on investment. New businesses are opening along the river, and it's keeping already established businesses open later. 

“Just in the downtown area alone, we've seen 10 new restaurants open in just the last six or seven years,” Jeffersonville Mayor Mike Moore said. “Years ago, this was not an area people came to.

The total cost of the project will be more than $40 million, paid for by federal, state and local money.

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