Emergency crews prep for Big Four Bridge opening


by Claudia Coffey


Posted on December 14, 2012 at 7:54 PM

Updated Friday, Dec 14 at 8:00 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) – A soft opening is planned at the end of the month for the Big Four Bridge when the walking and biking span will be open on the Louisville side.

Emergency crews participated in practice drills Friday designed to walk through any emergency situation.

"We are brainstorming what they think might be the best situation and solutions to accessing any medical emergencies," Lt. Col. Glenn Nally of Louisville Fire and EMS said.

The walking and biking span over Ohio River will open end of December. So it's critical that teams discuss how to get an injured person off the bridge

"This is something we have been working on for the last several months and this is all coming together. It's a lot easier to see it come together first hand," Nally said.

The biggest challenge of the bridge is access and seconds really matter. Crews will have a dedicated emergency vehicle on-site at all times.

This is the second of three training sessions for rescue crews.

“[It’s] very unique because of the access. You rode up here; you see how long it takes to get up here. We still feel like we can gain access here is a relatively easy amount of time," Nally said.

A dedication is planned for early next summer after the ramp to the bridge on Indiana side is completed.