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
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.