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March 5, 2013

Jeffersonville pedestrian and bicycle plans start at the Big Four Bridge

State department of health in funding plan

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JEFFERSONVILLE —

According to the Waterfront Park Development Corp. website, Waterfront Park receives more than 1.5 million visitors per year. If 10 percent of those visitors use the Big Four Bridge to cross into Jeffersonville, that would add more than 150,000 visitors per year, or more than 12,500 each month.

“My immediate concern is all that traffic coming off the Big Four,” Corbin said. “I want them to be safe. I want them to come back and visit. I want them to spend as much time as possible over here.”

As a result, he said public input from both sides of the river will help guide some of the decisions as to where the city sets its priorities.

“The plan should delineate the good places throughout the community, if there’s an opportunity to put a multiuse path in anywhere,” Corbin said. “It will also look at road segments and see if there is space to include road lanes on the road.”

He explained that a lot of Jeffersonville’s roads, especially in the downtown area, are wider than normal streets because of the electric street cars that used to operate throughout the community. As a result, bike lanes could be added to roads at a minimal cost because the city has a paint truck and the project could be done in-house.

“Considering what a lot of other projects cost, this will be very cost-effective,” Corbin said. “Of course, we want to capitalize on this influx from the Big Four, but it’s also hopefully going to change the culture a little bit where people are using their bikes. 

“We won’t know where the lanes are going to go until the roads are analyzed,” he added.

 

QUALITY OF LIFE CONCERNS

By developing a network of bicycle and pedestrian paths, the hope is also that it will improve the outlook of the region’s quality of life and amenities.

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