"Cincinnati's Greatest Historical Structure" Roebling Suspension Bridge Tip by atufft
Roebling Suspension Bridge, Cincinnati: 7 reviews and 18 photos
John A. Roebling suspension bridge that spans the Ohio River between Covington and Cincinnati was the world's longest suspension bridge when it was opened in 1866, and since architect Roebling himself when on to design a similar structure now known as the Brooklyn Bridge, this bridge deserves considerable recognition as a historical structure. Prior to this bridge, French engineers had first devised cable suspension bridges over French Rivers to allow the unimpeded flow of river barge traffic below. However, the Ohio River is wider than any river in France, so the construction of this 1,057 foot span bridge was at the time a major engineering feat. The bridge was central to both Covington and Cincinnati public transit, each side had street car terminals with ramps leading to the bridge. The bridge was privately owned and operated until 1953 when the Commonwealth of Kentucky purchased the bridge. Around that time, streetcar operations ceased using the bridge (and generally ceased operations on both sides of the river), and by 2007 the state decided to reduce weight limits to 11 tons due to an analysis by the University of Kentucky. Thus, today the bridge is primarily a light vehicle and pedestrian bridge providing access from hotels on the Kentucky side of the river to Cincinnati's downtown and sport stadiums on the Ohio side. In 2010, the bridge was repainted its characteristic blue color, and so at the time of my visit looked very good considering the vintage age of its steel members.
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