Roebling Suspension Bridge

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The selection of a contractor and a plan to make the Roebling Suspension Bridge safe for traffic again means the bridge could be open by the end of July.  The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet says Structural Systems Repair Group will install netting to the north tower to catch any sandstone pieces that might fall.

Bill Rinehart / WVXU

Nearly two months after the Roebling Suspension Bridge was closed to traffic, transportation officials say hope is on the horizon. A plan to shore up safety issues until a long-term solution can begin is expected next week, according to the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet.

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The Roebling Suspension Bridge will be a part of the Blink festival this October. The Cincinnati light festival is crossing the river into Covington for its second show and will light up the historic span.

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A Northern Kentucky library will host a safe-opening ceremony Thursday morning.  The hope is it will shine some light on local history. The 19th century safe was owned by the Covington-Cincinnati Bridge Company.

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The group that helps take care of the Roebling Suspension Bridge wants to share its history this weekend. The Covington-Cincinnati Suspension Bridge Committee is leading tours across the bridge Saturday morning. Committee member Jill Morenz says there's a lot to know about the 152-year-old Roebling.

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Two men climbed to the top of the north tower of the Roebling Suspension Bridge Wednesday morning, but they weren't there to solve the problem that's had the bridge closed since April 17. Instead, the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet workers were fixing a broken lock on the tower, according to KTC spokeswoman Nancy Wood.

Bill Rinehart / WVXU

Updated: 2:11 p.m.

Following sandstone fragments breaking from the east side of the north tower of the John A. Roebling Suspension Bridge, the historic Cincinnati-Covington connector will be closed as of 4 p.m. Wednesday, the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet says. It is currently unknown when the bridge will reopen. 

Derek Jensen / Wikimedia Commons

The Roebling Suspension Bridge, closed since March 20, is set to reopen later today. That is, at least in part. 

southbank shuttle
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With the Roebling Suspension Bridge currently out of commission, the Transportation Authority of Northern Kentucky (TANK) is offering free rides on its Southbank Shuttle through May 31.

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The Roebling Suspension Bridge is now expected to reopen by May 1 rather than June, as previously announced. The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet says repairs are set to begin Wednesday.

Bill Rinehart / WVXU

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet expects a final consultant's report on damage to the Roebling Suspension Bridge next week. Until then, the bridge remains closed to vehicle and pedestrian traffic.

Michael Keating

** Update, Monday, March 26, 3:00 p.m: Officials told WVXU that the Roebling Suspension Bridge won't reopen until June. This story as originally published on March 23 follows. **

Kentucky officials say crews are still working to insure the safety of the Roebling Suspension Bridge for vehicles following a car accident there late Tuesday night. 

Derek Jensen / Wikimedia Commons

Just about the time most Halloween trick-or-treaters will be dumping their candy bags and checking their haul, lights will return to the Roebling Suspension Bridge.

John Kiesewetter

Bruce Willis finally showed up for work Wednesday on "Reprisal"…  Actress Olivia Culpo wants to hang with the wife of Bengals quarterback A.J. McCarron… Director Brian A. Miller thanks us for letting him blow up the city… And producer Randall Emmett wants to shoot eight more movies in Ohio.

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The opening shot of the "Marauders" trailer gives a bird's eye view of the Roebling Suspension bridge, thanks to veteran Cincinnati video pioneer Bob Gerding.

Gerding will talk with me on WVXU-FM's "Cincinnati Edition" 1-2 p.m. Thursday about how his drones provided cool aerial shots to "Marauders," the bank heist thriller opening July 1 starring Bruce Willis, Christopher Meloni, Dave Bautista and Adrian Grenier.


Preparations are underway for next year’'s 150th anniversary of the Roebling Suspension Bridge that connects Cincinnati and Covington.

John Kiesewetter

If you don’t have tickets to see “Lumenocity” in person, here’s how you can watch or hear the Washington Park concert.

And you definitely should watch.

Newest piece of infrastructure at The Banks debuts

Jun 4, 2013
Holly Yurchison / WVXU News

Local officials cut the ribbon Tuesday afternoon for the Roebling Bridge Pedestrian Connector to Theodore M. Berry Way  and the Walnut Street Fountain at the Cincinnati Riverfront access point.

The walkway connects downtown Cincinnati to the riverfront, and Cincinnati to Covington via the Roebling Bridge.

Harlem Globetrotter comes to Cincinnati and Kentucky

Apr 16, 2013
Sarah Ramsey

A Harlem Globetrotter dribbled across the John A. Roebling Suspension Bridge Monday afternoon.

"Slick" Willie Shaw, a Globetrotter for nine years started on the Ohio side of the Roebling Bridge and dribbled his way across using special techniques, arriving in Kentucky. 

At 6'6", Shaw towered over fans as they took pictures.

Shaw's appearance is part of "Globetrotter Week" in the Cincinnati region. The Harlem Globetrotters play at the Bank of Kentucky Center Friday, April 19 at 7 p.m. 

Michael Keating


From The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet:

"The Roebling Bridge will be closed beginning approximately at 4 pm until so that the District 6 Bridge Crew can take check the north tower.  This afternoon a piece of sandstone fell from the ledge.  At this time it appears to be superficial, but crews will take a closer look.  The bridge will reopen once inspection is complete and deemed clear."

The Roebling Suspension bridge is out of commission for Thursday rush hour traffic.