The Covington-Cincinnati Suspension Bridge Committee (CCSBC) is a citizens group dedicated to the preservation and enhancement of the John A. Roebling Bridge.

Learn more about what we do and please consider joining our efforts.

The John A. Roebling Bridge 

(Officially opened January 1, 1867) 

The John A. Roebling Bridge has been an iconic landmark over the Ohio River for more than 150 years. Designed by civil engineer John Roebling, the bridge officially opened to traffic on January 1, 1867. Its 1,075 foot span made it the longest bridge in the world.

The bridge is an engineering marvel that employed several new bridge-building techniques. Perhaps its most impressive features are the two primary cables, each containing 5,180 individual wires. The cables were “spun” in place using wire imported from England. A second set of cables was added in 1897 to support heavier loads.

In addition to being a National Historic Landmark, the bridge has been designated as a National Historic Civil Engineering Landmark by the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE).

Although the Roebling shares the riverfront with several bridges today, it remains a major thoroughfare for pedestrians and vehicles. Many residents use it to get to work each day, access the riverfront sports venues, and to reach the bars and restaurants in Covington and Cincinnati. 

We invite you to walk across the Roebling Bridge for an up-close look at its structure and the views offered along its span. 

 

Roebling News

2022 Photo Contest Public Voting Period is Now Open

From Aug 9th through Aug 15th, 2022

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The Covington-Cincinnati Suspension Bridge Committee invites you to cast your vote for the best photographs. There are many awesome photos in this group! There is a lot of photographer talent in this area! The preliminary choices have been made and now the best shots are offered to you in the public voting period between 8/9/2022 and 8/16/2022. We encourage everyone to vote whether you have submitted an image or not. Invite your friends and family to come and vote. The more ballots that are filled out, the better the results will be. 

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https://roeblingbridge.org/Photo-Contest/2022-Photo-Contest/Begin-Voting

2022 Photo Contest Begins July 1st

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The much anticipated annual Roebling Bridge photo contest will be accepting photo submissions during the month of July, starting July 1st and ending on August 2nd. This very popular photo contest of one of Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky's most visible historical icons attracts photographers and photos of both amateurs and professionals alike. Capture a piece of history in your lens and submit your photo into the contest!

The photo-submission period is now complete. Please return on August 9th to cast your vote for the best images. Invite everyone to vote.

John A. Roebling Bridge Restoration Project Update

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COVINGTON, Ky. (March 12, 2022) – The John A. Roebling Bridge restoration project continues as engineers work to design plans for additional repairs to address deeper masonry stone deterioration uncovered in a section of the archway during the project. The project is on track to reopen this spring to vehicular traffic.

“Like the citizens and businesses in Covington and Cincinnati, we are eager to reopen the bridge but we’re committed to doing it right by not cutting any corner that may compromise safety,” said chief district engineer, Bob Yeager, “Repairing a structure this old sometimes means making necessary adjustments in repair plans to address things that can only be best seen once you’re ‘under the hood.’ Our consultants and crews are working as hard as they can to safely recommission this historic structure.”

The bridge, which spans the Ohio River and officially opened on Jan. 1, 1867, has been closed to vehicular traffic since Feb. 15, 2021 for extensive maintenance. A pedestrian sidewalk has been open throughout the project and will remain open during the project extension.

The Roebling Bridge ordinarily carries about 8,100 vehicles a day. Alternative crossings are the Clay Wade Bailey Bridge (US 25) or the 4th Street/Veterans Bridge (KY 8) to the Taylor Southgate Bridge (US 27). 

Restoration Update Video

New virtual tours of the Roebling Bridge now available for bridge walkers

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Everyone in the region is familiar with the John A. Roebling Bridge. It is the oldest and most photographed bridge along our stretch of the Ohio River. Now, bridge walkers can access a virtual tour and learn some of the history, construction, and engineering behind the famous structure.

The volunteer-led Covington-Cincinnati Suspension Bridge Committee (CCSBC) has developed a virtual version of the in-person informational tours it has given in the past. After the members designed an inventive (and Kentucky Department of Transportation-approved) way to attach brackets so they are visible along the walkway, the group installed QR Code plaques that bring walkers directly to the tour pages on the RoeblingBridge.org website.

There are 3 unique tour stations, with QR Code plaques placed strategically along the length of the bridge for walkers heading either north or south. The tour stations include the Anchor Houses, the Towers, and the Midspan. During each tour, which lasts less than 3 minutes, narrator Dave Akers shares old photos, along with drawings and new photos, that explain details of the bridge’s structure. He also explains the changes that have been made to the bridge since it was opened for use in 1867.

The CCSBC is a nonprofit organization that provides and maintains the flags that fly on the north and south towers, the decorative pier lights, and “necklace” lights on the bridge’s span. The group also promotes public awareness of the bridge. These new tours will help visitors to the bridge understand and appreciate the history and engineering of this John Roebling masterpiece.

More information about the bridge and the CCSBC can be found at https://roeblingbridge.org/.

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““… this bridge, when constructed, will possess great claims as a national monument. As a splendid work of art and as a remarkable specimen of the modern engineering and construction, it will stand unrivaled upon the continent. Its gigantic features will speak loudly in favor of the energy and enterprise of its possession.””

John A. Roebling, 1846

 

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