Big Four Bridge

Kentucky fails to land any Tiger 2 capital or planning grants

USDOT has released the recipients of the Tiger 2 grant program, and as we kind-of expected, Kentucky didn't manage to get any projects funded. In particular, they were apparently unmoved by Kentucky's case to fund the final stages of the Big 4 Bridge. Indiana did manage to get $1.8m for "Waterloo station improvements" and $0.8m for the "South Shore Commuter Railroad Realignment Study". Correct me if I'm wrong, but I don't think those are in southern Indiana.

Transportation for America has additional coverage.

Hat tip: Dan B.
 

Call to Support Using Stimulus Funds for the Big Four Bridge

Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear and Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels are exploring a cooperative, bi-state request for federal Stimulus Funds for the completion of the Big Four Bridge. 

The Big Four Bridge is the abandoned six-span railroad truss bridge that crosses the Ohio River, connecting Louisville, KY and Jeffersonville, IN.  It gets its name from the defunct Cleveland, Cincinnati, Chicago and St. Louis Railway, which was nicknamed the "Big Four Railroad".

Since the 1990’s, the plan has been to convert the bridge for access by pedestrians and non-motorized vehicles only, including wheelchairs, tricycles, bicycles, strollers, unicycles - no cars or trucks.  Fixing the Big Four Bridge involves ramps on both sides and is expected to cost several million.  The ramp foundation on the Kentucky side is already done.

Show your support for finishing this project by contacting any or all of the following.  Say that you want the governors to use stimulus money to complete the plan for the Big Four Bridge.

KY Governor Beshear’s office 502-564-2611

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