Walking distance

From the Things I Wasn’t Aware Of files:

At 11 a.m. Feb. 7th, 2013, Louisville Metro Mayor Greg Fischer rededicated the Big Four Bridge — formerly a railroad crossing — as a pedestrian walkway over the Ohio River between Louisville, Ky. and Jeffersonville, Ind.

To quote a marker placed thereupon:

Forty-two workers perished during construction of this bridge, which was built between 1888 and 1895. Through the years, the bridge has been hailed as a monument to those who lost their lives.

In 1929, a new bridge was built inside the old bridge using the existing structure. Bridge operation ceased in 1969.

And now it’s up and running, or walking anyway, once more. The bridge is just under half a mile long; its largest span is 547 feet.

Cameron Miquelon has posted a photoset from yesterday’s ceremony. The Kentucky-side ramps are open now; the Indiana-side ramps should be open in a few weeks.

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