THE BIG FOUR: Part One By Leah Farris

By now it’s not exactly breaking news to most that the opening of Jeffersonville’s Big Four Pedestrian Bridge ramp has been delayed again, with a loose completion date guessed at late August. What began as excitement following the February opening of Louisville’s side of the project has of late largely turned to grumbling, frustration, and speculation – with many claiming this delay is an embarrassment to Jeffersonville, and even a missed opportunity. We’ll weigh that out in upcoming segments, but…

 As a Riverside resident who lives a stone’s throw from the Big Four, this project is dear to me personally and one that I’ve followed closely. Having worked for the City of Jeffersonville through last October, I was also afforded some early insight on the project that allows for somewhat of a well-rounded perspective. So….

I’m not happy about the delay – but I’m still thrilled about the Big Four. Frustrations aside, I think we all should be. It’s still pretty awesome.

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I’ve talked to government officials here in Jeffersonville, Louisville, and at the state level.Mostly out of curiosity, really…but I think it’s information that most would appreciate and could prove to be a neat feature. My original plan was to publish a detailed post touching on the history and current status of the project, the Big Four’s history, as well as to provide some additional resources and information. I realized that would ultimately result in a really, really, long  (and potentially boring) post – so I’ve decided to segment it over the course of the next week or so. Its not exactly scandalous, or even breaking news, but we do have some exclusive insights and points to share and hope you’ll enjoy it.

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YMC and I met with Jeffersonville City Councilman Mike Smith at the Big Four ramp construction site today. He walked us through the project, and explained a lot of things that were hard to visualize from what I’ve read in the paper or otherwise.  I think those insights will help in sharing some information about the project. Mike and I got off to a rough start – that’s a funny story for a later time – but I’ve always found that he’s willing to stop what he’s doing and take a few minutes to meet with you or take your call. He loves the district and is excited about the project. We thank Mike for his time.

More to follow! In the mean time, check out this video from Waterfront Development. It talks about the history of Louisville’s Waterfront Park, and touches on the Big Four. In case we haven’t mentioned it, we adore David Karem. He’s one of the most interesting people I’ve ever had the pleasure of meeting.

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4 comments for “THE BIG FOUR: Part One By Leah Farris

  1. Wanda
    April 6, 2013 at 3:33 am

    Great reading, can’t wait to read the rest of the story……

  2. Scott Brian
    April 6, 2013 at 5:26 am

    Love the city addition! The intrusive bicycle lane is more of an annoyance to me than the dogs(clean up after your pet!). Get it done Jeff.! Like the light and speakers too. Great job Gov’t….finally.

  3. Veronica Magnuson
    April 7, 2013 at 2:24 am

    I visit my home town Jeff once a year (December) I am very excited about being able to utilize this awesome walking path. I remember when the rumor was that condominiums would be built on the bridge, which we knew of course was hogwash, so glad a realistic plan has finally come together

  4. Monkey
    April 7, 2013 at 8:41 pm

    Was this the “breaking news” that was being worked on, that was mentioned a few days ago?

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