- Associated Press - Wednesday, March 26, 2014

JEFFERSONVILLE, Ind. (AP) - Construction on Big Four Station in Jeffersonville has finally resumed after an unusually harsh winter.

Jeffersonville Mayor Mike Moore said the project was put on hold to make room for work on the Big Four pedestrian and bicycling bridge ramp.

“All of that was fenced in until just before winter,” he said of the park that will rest at the mouth of the bridge. “We couldn’t access it, we couldn’t do anything to it.”

Big Four Station park will be a landing for cyclists and pedestrians who have just come off Big Four Bridge, and construction workers are laying the groundwork for bigger things.

“They’re trying to get everything prepped,” Moore told the News and Tribune (http://bit.ly/1g0KYhW ), adding that water elements and a playground are a few of the features in the park’s future.

Todd Waldrip, Wycliffe Construction project manager for the park, said all the underground infrastructure, including sanitary sewer systems, and gas and storm water sewers, was mostly completed last week.

“We are presently working on the installation of the sidewalks for the park and the rough dirt grading,” Waldrip said.

This dirt grading, which involves smoothing down bumps and hills in the ground, is in preparation for landscaping work that should begin in the middle of April.

Waldrip said his crew recently completed renovations on the intersection of Pearl and Chestnut streets in line with recent roadwork on Chestnut. The generalized roadwork is meant to make the corridor more appealing for those coming from the park and pedestrian bridge.

“That should be ready to open back up in a couple of weeks,” he said.

Work on Big Four Station will be done in two phrases. Phase 1 involves construction from Maple Street to the Big Four Bridge and Phase 2 is work from the south side of the bridge going toward Market Street.

Although Waldrip declined to comment on completion dates, he said Phase 1 should be completed “sooner rather than later.”

“We’ve just been through one of the worst winters in 50 or 60 years, and our crew pushed on through the weather,” he said.

Even though Big Four Station won’t be completed before Big Four Bridge opens at the end of April, he said park construction won’t be interrupted by pedestrians and cyclists coming from the bridge.

“We’re getting close, and everything is moving fairly quickly right now, and we’re certainly making every effort to get the park open as quickly as we can,” Waldrip said.

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