The bridge, named after the Big 4 Railroad, was used to run trains between Kentucky and Indiana until it closed in 1969. The ramps on both sides of the river were eventually sold for scrap and the bridge was rendered inaccessible until an agreement was signed between Kentucky and Indiana to reposition the bridge for bicycle and pedestrian use.
If you can’t wait for the Indiana opening, you can ride the Big 4 Bridge now by accessing it from the Kentucky side. To get there, take Interstate 65 southbound from Indiana. Cross the Ohio River into Louisville and immediately exit onto Interstate 71 northbound towards Cincinnati. Take the Zorn Avenue exit, turn left at the end of the ramp and left again on River Road. Follow River Road to the Big 4 Bridge. Free parking is plentiful and there is no fee to access the bridge. Restrooms are scarce, though there is a restaurant as well as several gas stations near by.
After riding across the bridge, check out the extensive network of bike trails along the Louisville waterfront. More adventurous riders may wish to tackle portions of the Louisville Loop, a one hundred mile long multi-use trail that extends around the perimeter of Kentucky’s largest city.
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