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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, named for the civil engineer who designed it, has been an iconic Cincinnati bridge along the city skyline for over a century and a half. When the Roebling Bridge opened to traffic on January 1, 1867, its 1,057-foot span made it the longest bridge in the world, a record it retained until 1883 when Roebling’s most famous project, the Brooklyn Bridge opened. 

In the end, the bridge proved an engineering marvel, the first of its kind to employ several new bridge-building techniques. Its most impressive feature: the two main cables, each containing 5,180 individual wires imported from England. A second set of cables was added in 1896 to support even heavier loads. 

Although the Roebling span shares the riverfront with several bridges today, it remains a major thoroughfare for pedestrians and vehicles. Many use it to get to work each day or as the path of choice to enjoy the bars and restaurants along both the Covington and Cincinnati riverfronts. Be sure to walk across the bridge to get an up-close look next time you’re in the area.

 

“It was unquestionably the finest as well as the largest bridge of its kind built until that time. Both structurally and architecturally it was a triumph.”

David McCullough

 

Roebling News

Bridge Restoration Work Planned

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The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet will award a contract this summer to perform maintenance and restoration work on the historic John A. Roebling Bridge. The project will replace the deteriorating stone at the top of both towers and the Ohio anchorage house located in Smale Park, featuring similar stone to maintain the historical integrity of this national historic landmark. The timeline for the project will be determined once a contractor is selected. Initial KYTC estimates later this year work will focus on the anchorage house.  The bigger portion of the project will start in February 2021 and will require a 9-month closure to vehicle traffic. 

https://www.wlwt.com/article/damage-repair-to-roebling-more-extensive-than-believed-requires-9-month-shutdown/31026659?fbclid=IwAR1pH17eHwct9IS9KqI72MbcCEbXIzDDBclJeFI8sc-9f3TfeaPnkjViiZY#

https://www.rcnky.com/articles/2020/02/20/roebling-bridge-repairs-begin-2021-take-nine-months?fbclid=IwAR251V7UX3_zh0F3H0AAoyn2Ty9cZExJcmuO24XR6YW3o6vP2LaFrV_16fg

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