Ind. delays on Big Four Bridge

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by Gene Kang

WHAS11.com

Posted on June 6, 2013 at 5:28 PM

(WHAS11) -- The deadline has been pushed back again, the grand opening of the Indiana side of the the Big Four Bridge, at a standstill for half a year.

WHAS11's Gene Kang shows us why bright lights sparked so much controversy in Indiana and how long before that side of the bridge is finally complete, just click on the video player above to watch.

The Big Four Bridge remains halfway done.

It won’t open this summer as planned.

Bright lights sparked so much controversy in Indiana for residents.

The grand opening of the Indiana side is at a standstill for half a year.

"Well, I think everybody is frustrated like I am,” said Jeffersonville Mayor Mike Moore.

Moore’s frustration was also expressed by many neighbors in the historic Rose Hill area but for different reasons.

"They start in the morning with the bang, bang, bang," said Jeffersonville resident, Leslie Williams.

Ongoing construction work, plus an influx of new people -- a couple of reasons why Williams says she's worried.

However, complaints over proposed bright lighting on the pedestrian bridge remains the real reason for the holdup.

"We're at the mercy of the State but we're at the mercy of the contractors right now. With the light package, we're at the mercy of when those lights come in," said Mayor Moore.

Multi-color lights illuminate the Louisville-side, anchored in a parking lot. Compare that to the Jeffersonville-side, nestled in a historic community.

Mayor Moore says contractors will install new lights that aren't so obtrusive to the residents.

"I think that's very important for the residential area. We live here and we are going to continue to live here," said Williams.

Bob and Carol Miller live in Louisville. They’re months and months away from walking across the whole bridge.

"We're disappointed it won't finish sooner," said Miller.

Plans dashed for The Derby City Walkers. People from five states must wait for a connection.

When all is said and done the Big Four Bridge, on the Indiana-side, could be done by November if it isn't delayed again.

Mayor Moore says contractors will install softer lighting that won’t reflect off of homes. It’s a project overseen by the State of Indiana.

Plans include a children’s playground and outdoor pavilion.

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