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The Big Four Bridge, Louisville

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The Big Four Bridge is a six-span former railroad truss bridge that crosses the Ohio River, connecting Louisville, Kentucky, and Jeffersonville, Indiana. It was completed in 1895, and updated in 1929. The largest single span is, with the entire bridge spanning 2525ft. It took its name from the defunct Cleveland, Cincinnati, Chicago and St. Louis Railway, which was nicknamed the "Big Four Railroad". It is now a converted pedestrian and bicycle bridge from Louisville into Jeffersonville, Indiana.
Access to the Big Four Bridge is limited to pedestrian and bicycle use. A pedestrian ramp on the Kentucky side was opened on February 7, 2013. The original approaches that carried rail traffic onto the main spans were first removed in 1969, earning the Big Four Bridge the nickname "Bridge That Goes Nowhere". The George Rogers Clark Memorial Bridge downstream, which carries U.S. 31 across the river, was previously the only bridge allowing bicyclists and pedestrians to travel between Louisville and the neighboring Indiana cities of New Albany, Clarksville, and Jeffersonville.
In February 2011, Kentucky and Indiana announced that the two states, along with the City of Jeffersonville, would allocate $22 million in funding to complete the Big Four Bridge project, creating a pedestrian and bicycle path to link Louisville and Jeffersonville. Indiana would spend up to $8 million and the City of Jeffersonville would provide $2 million in matching dollars to pay for construction of a ramp to the Big Four Bridge. Kentucky pledged $12 million to replace the deck on the bridge and connect it to the spiral ramp that was completed in Waterfront Park. Plan my trip to Louisville with suggested itineraries provided by Inspirock.
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  • It's a bridge. You can walk across it from Louisville, Kentucky to Jeffersonville, Indiana or vice versa. It does not have a marker to indicate when you have crossed the state line. It's April 2022....  more
    It's a bridge. You can walk across it from Louisville, Kentucky to Jeffersonville, Indiana or vice versa. It does not have a marker to indicate when you have crossed the state line. It's April 2022....  more »
  • We loved walking across the Big Four Bridge to Indiana. The bridge was well-maintained and very wide. We wish we had left more time to explore the Jeffersonville area. 
    We loved walking across the Big Four Bridge to Indiana. The bridge was well-maintained and very wide. We wish we had left more time to explore the Jeffersonville area.  more »
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  • Had seen this bridge from I-65 many times over the years. My wife and I made an 80 mile drive from our Indiana home to check it out. It was well worth it. An easy walking experience and great scenery. People were friendly by saying Hello when you passed. Glad we did it!
  • Such a clean and wonderful place to be during the warmer months. Live music. Happy families. A great place for all ages. Highly recommended! 👍🏻

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