JEFFERSONVILLE, Ind. (WHAS11) — It's been a long time coming. Particularly for residents in Indiana who have been waiting for the Big Four Bridge to open.
“It’s disappointing, especially when there's a big fence up there and you can see the other side. You know it's done aside from the lighting and you just want to climb over the fence and go finish it up,” Indiana resident Virginia Hyde said.
“I just think it will be great for everyone; for the businesses and the people and stuff like that,” Indiana resident Julia Sommer said.
The Kentucky side has been open for more than a year and quickly became a town favorite. The Indiana side kept stalling month after month.
“The ramp itself, we're trying feverishly to get this thing open,” Jeffersonville Mayor Mike Moore said.
After multiple delays, there’s a light at the end of the tunnel or in this case an opening to the Indiana side of the bridge.
“Hopefully the Wednesday before Derby, Mayor Fischer and I can be up there cutting the ribbon,” Moore said.
That's a little more than a month away. The last item on the to-do list--light fixtures--and the Jeffersonville mayor says he has a solution.
“I've proposed a compromise with the Federal Highway Commission and with the state of Indiana, if they will allow us to put in some temporary lights until the permanent lights can be put in place,” Moore said.
He hopes to get something in writing soon. Meanwhile, the community can't wait.
“Our tradition is to come here every Mother's Day. So I can't wait for it to be open so we can walk from that side all the way over to here,” Sommer said.
Moore said if approved the fixtures will cost the city around $20,000.