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.Plan my trip to Louisville with suggested itineraries provided by Inspirock.
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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The bridge goes over the Ohio River connecting Louisville Kentucky to Jeffersonville Indiana. It was a beautiful evening and we walked across at sunset. I expected fabulous views of downtown... more »
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Very nice!! It's a pleasant walk with a great view of Louisville and maybe a passing barge on the Ohio River. On the KY side slightly up river from the bridge is a fantastic set of playgrounds sized from toddler to big kid, plus similarly sized water fountains to play in, and a bathroom. (The only thing you can see from the bridge is the bathrooms as the play area is behind trees, and bring a change of clothes for the kids as the water fountains are very wet.) All free of course. On the IN side are several restaurants. Two right at the foot of the bridge. We ate pizza at the Parlour and very much enjoyed it and great iced tea. Also at the foot of the bridge is an ice cream place, plus numerous others in the area. BTW, Jeffersonville is really looking good 👍 lately. The bridge, play area, and eating is a memorable and low cost 3 hour excursion.
History and exercise all rolled in to one! This bridge has interesting facts for people to read, concerning the railroad that use to cross the bridge itself. At night, lights are turned on that illuminate not only the bridge, but the surrounding area. Definitely worth a visit! The bridge is handicap accessible on both sides.
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