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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.
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  • You ha e to drive over the main bridge whilst visiting the great city of Louisville There were repairs work being completed during our visit but this didn’t take away the views as you drive over  more »
  • We walked from downtown from 21c to the bridge over to Indiana. Chilly morning with sunny skies! Walking to Indiana we were greeted with music midway. I was disappointed that there were no signs on ei...  more »
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  • Everyone that comes to Louisville must go to The Big Four Bridge! It's better in a sunny day! It's a good option of entertainment and also to exercise, if you cross to the other side. When on a Sunday with friends after our walk we did TaiChi ,there is a play ground rest rooms nice family outing. No pets other than service animals the reason is because people would not clean up after their pets. There are areas close by for pets and their Humans , you can walk across the Bridge to Indiana.
  • I love walking as a hobby of mine, and I love the view. The Indianian (yes that's the correct word.) side of the bridge has great monuments on the other side, and it's very walkable. Same with Louisville, which has a water park not too far away. Head over there if you want to, and bring the kids, we love it.

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