Indiana Big Four ramp construction completed


by News Release/

Posted on May 19, 2014 at 4:23 PM

Updated Monday, May 19 at 11:32 PM

JEFFERSONVILLE, Ind. (WHAS11) – Installation of handrail lighting for both the Indiana ramp and stair tower to the Big Four bicycle and pedestrian bridge has been completed.

The Indiana Department of Transportation and city of Jeffersonville performed walk-through inspections on Monday with contractor Hummel Electric of Evansville.

According to the Jeffersonville Mayor's Office, "the City of Jeffersonville will open the Big Four ramp once it receives written notification from the Indiana Department of Transportation that the City has control of the ramp." 

Just moments after the Mayor's Office issued the statement, INDOT announced they completed a final inspection at 4 p.m. on Monday. They "accepted the handrail lighting contract and provided written notification shortly after 5:30 p.m. that it was turning over responsibility and maintenance of the ramp to the City of Jeffersonville."

The $8.5 million ramp and stair tower were funded up to 80 percent with Federal Highway Administration funds.

The city of Jeffersonville designed the project and is paying at least 20 percent in federal match.

Handrail lighting was chosen in consultation with the Old Jeffersonville Historic District to meet federal historic preservation requirements.

“The Indiana ramp and stair tower to the Big Four Bridge were completed today – not partially, but fully – and at the lowest possible cost to Jeffersonville taxpayers,” INDOT chief of staff Troy Woodruff said Monday. “The bike and pedestrian facility is a great attraction for tourism, recreation and transportation in Southern Indiana.”

The city owns and maintains the approach upon completion and is responsible for coordinating the opening of the ramp with the Waterfront Development Corporation in Louisville. INDOT and FHWA are not participating financially in the local Big Four Station project that will continue construction surrounding the ramp.

Photos of handrail installation and the lighting at night are available. To see the photos, click here.