Jeffersonville mayor says Big Four Bridge opening was finalized with INDOT


by Renee Murphy

Posted on April 24, 2014 at 7:13 PM

Updated Thursday, Apr 24 at 7:13 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) – The Big Four Bridge looks great and so close to being open; but not quite.

The approach on the Jeffersonville side won't open before Derby and it's unclear when the Big Four Bridge will open.

“The contract was never signed so I don't think it's fair to slam INDOT,” Dennis Julius said.

Julius is the Jeffersonville City Council president. He said the city never signed documents that would have speed up the opening of the approach.

“Until you get a signed contract, it’s kind of, in business you don't have a contract until it's signed,” Julius said.

While some council members say the paperwork was never finalized, Jeffersonville Mayor Mike Moore had this to say.

“They should have come to me,” Moore said.

Moore said there are papers his administration signed from INDOT that would have expedited the plan to get lighting on the approach.

The lights are what are holding up the opening.

“Last week when INDOT said they never agreed to these terms and that they didn't ask us to hold this special meeting this proves they did,” Moore said.

But what do these papers really prove? According to the Indiana Department of Transportation this is a draft that was never approved by INDOT and contractors.

And INDOT could not say for certain if Jeffersonville officials signed the papers.

Moore stands by his position that the document was signed.