FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 19, 2014 Indiana Big Four Ramp Construction Completed
JEFFERSONVILLE, Ind. – Installation of handrail lighting for both the Indiana ramp and stair tower to the Big Four bicycle and pedestrian bridge has been completed. The Indiana Department of Transportation and city of Jeffersonville performed walk-through inspections today with contractor Hummel Electric of Evansville and all punch-list items have now been addressed.
The $8.5 million ramp and stair tower were funded up to 80 percent with Federal Highway Administration funds. The city of Jeffersonville designed the project and is paying at least 20 percent in federal match. Handrail lighting was chosen in consultation with the Old Jeffersonville Historic District to meet federal historic preservation requirements.
“The Indiana ramp and stair tower to the Big Four Bridge were completed today – not partially, but fully – and at the lowest possible cost to Jeffersonville taxpayers,” said INDOT chief of staff Troy Woodruff. “The bike and pedestrian facility is a great attraction for tourism, recreation and transportation in Southern Indiana.”
The city owns and maintains the approach upon completion, and is responsible for coordinating the opening of the ramp with the Waterfront Development Corporation in Louisville. INDOT and FHWA are not participating financially in the local Big Four Station project that will continue construction surrounding the ramp.Photos of handrail installation and the lighting at night are available in the “Big Four Bridge handrails” album at www.facebook.com/INDOTSoutheast/photos_albums.
UPDATE: JEFFERSONVILLE SPEAKS: