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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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  • A beautiful everyone watching the lights change and the river was calm to the reflection was perfect. I want to walk this sometime at night. 
    A beautiful everyone watching the lights change and the river was calm to the reflection was perfect. I want to walk this sometime at night.  more »
  • This is second visit here. Love this place although I wish the bridge would've been lit up with multi colors. This visit it was only red. Beautiful place though. Definitely a must see. 
    This is second visit here. Love this place although I wish the bridge would've been lit up with multi colors. This visit it was only red. Beautiful place though. Definitely a must see.  more »
  • Really nice place to get some sunset photos! It's quite a long way on and off, and not so easy to get to if you're walking from NuLu, but definitely worth the walk over for all the views. 
    Really nice place to get some sunset photos! It's quite a long way on and off, and not so easy to get to if you're walking from NuLu, but definitely worth the walk over for all the views.  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.
  • Great bridge to see a good view of Louisville! It felt peaceful crossing through as we barely saw any people walking by! Wish it had a plaque to represent the crossing from Kentucky into Indiana and vise versa but it was a great outing while getting a good walk out of it!
  • Beautiful 1800s rail bridge connecting Kentucky and Indiana. Now just for pedestrians, no pets. Kept clean and LED lit by private group. Gorgeous park on the Kentucky side close to Lincoln memorial and kids' park and splash pad, hot dog stand and bathrooms. Cute shops and cafes on the Indiana side. Easy to walk, bike, etc. while enjoying the panoramic views.
  • Started just before dusk on the IN side. Got to the KY side and waited for sunset to return so we could enjoy the bridge lit up. It was beautiful. It’s a nice easy walk with beautiful views.

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