East End Bridge includes multi-use path for walkers, runners, cyclists

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) – The East End Bridge is not just for cars and trucks. It’s made with bicycles in mind, too. There is a multi-use path on one side of the long-anticipated bridge.

“You know what is unique about the East End Bridge versus the Lincoln Bridge downtown is the walkway, the pathway on it,” said Harrods Creek Fire Chief Kevin Tyler.

Many people don’t know about the multi-use path, but it’s always been a part of the plan. It’s on the downstream side of the bridge.

“It should be a very unique experience,” said Dan Hartlage, the spokesperson for WVB East End Partners. “And it gives you a very unique view of the Ohio River and an area that most of us, unless you’re on a boat, have never had before.”

Curtis Warfield has been riding his bike along different trails, paths and roads for the past 13 years. He said cycling enthusiasts are thrilled to have this new path.

“Now there’s going to be an East End-West End loop that we can add to our portfolio of rides,” said Warfield. “It kind of opens up a whole new scenic route for cyclists to participate in.”

This allows for more options for cyclists. It can be a quick ride back and forth on the bridge from Utica to the Prospect area. Or riders can make a nearly 35 mile loop through Utica, downtown Jeffersonville, downtown Louisville and the Prospect area.

There are no trail heads on either side for this path. So for now, getting to it might be easier and safer for bicyclists instead of walkers or joggers. There is a small parking area in Utica, Indiana along Old Salem Road. It would have enough space for about four cars.

The path will open up on Sunday, right along with the bridge. The Louisville Bicycle Club plans to mark the opening day with a ride. Dozens of cyclists plan to pedal across on the multi-use path as cars drive across the bridge for the first time.

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