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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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  • Walking the Big Four Bridge is a perfect sightseeing activity if you like to walk, take pictures, and enjoy the views of the Louisville Skyline. We parked on the Indiana side, which was free parking....  more
    Walking the Big Four Bridge is a perfect sightseeing activity if you like to walk, take pictures, and enjoy the views of the Louisville Skyline. We parked on the Indiana side, which was free parking....  more »
  • We rented biked and rode the bridge into Indiana. Super easy ride, fun views, clean. Really worth it to get the view of the Ohio river and the Louisville skyline. 
    We rented biked and rode the bridge into Indiana. Super easy ride, fun views, clean. Really worth it to get the view of the Ohio river and the Louisville skyline.  more »
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  • Very nice pedestrian bridge that crosses the Ohio River and has stunning city views. My family and I walked this bridge on a pretty hot day and wished there was at least one spot for a break for some shade, but the shade created by parts of the bridge provided some nice shade with a forgiving breeze. I don't believe pets were allowed on the bridge nor those pay-by-time electric scooters (they shut down on the bridge). I did see a few bicycles on the bridge, so I assume they were allowed. Surprising classical music was playing at one end of the bridge. A nice and cute surprise. If you walk on a hotter day, make to bring water as there were not many options nearby on either end for refreshments. I would like to visit this bridge again at sunset/night for even more spectacular views!
  • I think this is a great walk for families wanting to take in history and culture. Both sides end in beautiful green space. Great city view of Louisville and breathtaking homes in Indiana. Water, restrooms at the ends along with playground on Indiana side. Food trucks were on Kentucky side.

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