EXCLUSIVE: One-on-one night tour of the Big Four Bridge

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by Maggie Ruper

WHAS11.com

Posted on February 7, 2013 at 12:25 AM

Updated Thursday, Feb 7 at 12:41 AM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- The Big Four Bridge reopens on Thursday at 11 a.m. as a pedestrian walkway and bikeway which connects Louisville and Jeffersonville. The Indiana approach isn’t finished yet, but the Kentucky side is and WHAS11 got an exclusive night tour.

“This is the best place for getting a view of the city,” said Mike Kimmel, Deputy Director of Waterfront Development Corporation.

The bridge got a new deck, rails, benches and LED lighting. Each light circle was carefully crafted to illuminate just the right amount at night.

“We just wanted to have these circles that kind of mark the space. It creates a rhythm while you’re walking across and it just makes you feel good,” said Kimmel.

There are two scored sections down the middle to replicate railroad tracks that will act as the bike path and there are speakers in the middle of the bridge to serenade visitors on their trek. The bridge portion is about a half a mile.

“Then you've got about a quarter mile on our ramp and a quarter mile on Indiana’s ramp, so all together, if you go back and forth it'll be 2 miles,” said Kimmel.

The State of Kentucky paid $12 million for the bridge work. The ramp cost $6.5 million, that was paid in private funds.

The bridge will be open around the clock, except when there is snow or ice. Kimmel said they don’t want to put salt on the bridge that could corrode the structure. Kimmel also said the bridge will be closed for Thunder Over Louisville because of federal air show regulations.
 

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