Sunday, April 06, 2008

Open me, walk on me, jog on me, bike on me, use me

It’s tantalizing. I see it every day on my way back and forth from work. I can see it from my office in downtown Louisville. A bridge connection between Indiana and Kentucky. A connection between New Albany and Portland. It is, of course, the Kentucky & Indiana Railroad Bridge. And if I could get across it on bike or foot, I’d have to travel a measly four miles to get to work.

I have no details or timelines, but I do understand the process is underway to get the K&I Bridge open for pedestrian traffic. It can’t happen soon enough for me.

Those new to the area may not realize the bridge is even there or that it was used for vehicle traffic until 1979. The steel gridwork roadways are still there.

I never traveled over the bridge by car. And of course walking on the bridge now would be trespassing on railroad property – which I’d never condone (wink, wink, nod, nod). But I can imagine the views are breathtaking of the river, the Sherman Minton Bridge, the Louisville skyline and of the McAlpine Locks and Dam.

Multi-billion dollar bridge projects? Let’s use the one that’s already there. How much would it cost? How much does a bolt cutter cost? Maybe they could charge a toll to cover the cost?

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