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

CCSBC Hosts UC ROTC in Historic Flag Replacement Ceremony
Donald Jones

CCSBC Hosts UC ROTC in Historic Flag Replacement Ceremony

Covington, April 27, 2024, Cadets take oath of commission atop bridge

The Covington-Cincinnati Suspension Bridge Committee (CCSBC) proudly welcomed members of the University of Cincinnati ROTC to participate in the semi-annual replacement of the American, Kentucky State, and Ohio State flags atop the iconic John A. Roebling Bridge.

Ascending the 150 steps from the historic bridge deck to the top of the two bridge piers, spanning the majestic Ohio River, “presents a unique challenge and special opportunity,” remarked Ken Roth, a CCSBC officer.

In an unforgettable moment, four officer candidates – Mary Damas, Joseph Gallagher, Jason Keith, and Sam Wyche – were commissioned into the Army  atop the bridge, marking a historic occasion. “It sent shivers down my spine during the swearing-in ceremony,” expressed Don Jones, also of CCSBC.

The mission of the Covington-Cincinnati Suspension Bridge Committee, a volunteer nonprofit organization, is to:

  • Further Patriotism through display of flags atop the bridge towers
  • Highlight Aesthetic Beauty through installation and maintenance of decorative lighting
  • Highlight Historic Significance through tours, lectures, publications, and community events

To view photos and a video of this event, and to learn more about the bridge and how to support CCSBC, including participation in our 2024 Photo Contest, go to https://roeblingbridge.org. Photo contest winners get to go to the top of the bridge!

For media inquiries or more information, please contact:

Sherry Roth, CCSBC President

president@roeblingbridge.org

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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 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

CCSBC Hosts UC ROTC in Historic Flag Replacement Ceremony
Donald Jones

CCSBC Hosts UC ROTC in Historic Flag Replacement Ceremony

Covington, April 27, 2024, Cadets take oath of commission atop bridge

The Covington-Cincinnati Suspension Bridge Committee (CCSBC) proudly welcomed members of the University of Cincinnati ROTC to participate in the semi-annual replacement of the American, Kentucky State, and Ohio State flags atop the iconic John A. Roebling Bridge.

Ascending the 150 steps from the historic bridge deck to the top of the two bridge piers, spanning the majestic Ohio River, “presents a unique challenge and special opportunity,” remarked Ken Roth, a CCSBC officer.

In an unforgettable moment, four officer candidates – Mary Damas, Joseph Gallagher, Jason Keith, and Sam Wyche – were commissioned into the Army  atop the bridge, marking a historic occasion. “It sent shivers down my spine during the swearing-in ceremony,” expressed Don Jones, also of CCSBC.

The mission of the Covington-Cincinnati Suspension Bridge Committee, a volunteer nonprofit organization, is to:

  • Further Patriotism through display of flags atop the bridge towers
  • Highlight Aesthetic Beauty through installation and maintenance of decorative lighting
  • Highlight Historic Significance through tours, lectures, publications, and community events

To view photos and a video of this event, and to learn more about the bridge and how to support CCSBC, including participation in our 2024 Photo Contest, go to https://roeblingbridge.org. Photo contest winners get to go to the top of the bridge!

For media inquiries or more information, please contact:

Sherry Roth, CCSBC President

president@roeblingbridge.org

View the Pictures Here

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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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