John A. Roebling Suspension Bridge

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John A. Roebling Suspension Bridge
Coordinates39°05′32″N 84°30′35″W / 39.0922°N 84.5096°W / 39.0922; -84.5096Coordinates: 39°05′32″N 84°30′35″W / 39.0922°N 84.5096°W / 39.0922; -84.5096
Carries KY 17
CrossesOhio River
Other name(s)Covington and Cincinnati Suspension Bridge
Characteristics
Total length1,642 ft 11 in (500.8 m)[1]
Longest span1,057 ft (322 m)[2]
Clearance below100 ft (30 m)
Covington and Cincinnati Suspension Bridge
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A view of the John A. Roebling Suspension Bridge from Cincinnati, Ohio on the north bank of the Ohio River with Covington, Kentucky in the background
John A. Roebling Suspension Bridge is located in Kentucky
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LocationCincinnati, Ohio to Covington, Kentucky
Coordinates39°5′32.03″N 84°30′34.45″W / 39.0922306°N 84.5095694°W / 39.0922306; -84.5095694
Built1856—1867[4]
ArchitectJohn A. Roebling
NRHP reference No.75000786[3]
Significant dates
Added to NRHPMay 15, 1975
Designated NHLMay 15, 1975

The John A. Roebling Suspension Bridge, originally known as the Cincinnati-Covington Bridge, spans the Ohio River between Cincinnati, Ohio, and Covington, Kentucky. When opened on December 1, 1866, it was the longest suspension bridge in the world at 1,057 feet (322 m) main span,[2] which was later overtaken by John A. Roebling's most famous design of the 1883 Brooklyn Bridge at 1,595.5 feet (486.3 m). Pedestrians use the bridge to get between the sports venues in Cincinnati (Paul Brown Stadium, Great American Ball Park, and U.S. Bank Arena) and the hotels, bars, restaurants, and parking lots in Northern Kentucky. The bar and restaurant district at the foot of the bridge on the Kentucky side is known as Roebling Point.

Ramps were constructed leading directly from the bridge to the Dixie Terminal building used for streetcars. These provided Covington–Cincinnati streetcars "with a grade-separated route to the center of downtown, and the terminal building was originally intended to connect, via underground pedestrian passages, with the never-built Fountain Square Station of the infamous Cincinnati Subway."[5] When streetcar service ceased in the 1950s, the terminal was converted to a diesel bus terminal. The ramps were removed in 1998 when it ceased being used as a bus terminal.[6]

  1. ^ "Roebling Suspension Bridge I Finite Element Model and Free Vibration Response". Figure 2.CS1 maint: others (link)
  2. ^ a b Kenton County Public Library (August 1, 2003). Images of America: Covington, Kentucky. Arcadia Publishing. p. 9. ISBN 9780738515434. Retrieved 2013-05-07.
  3. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. January 23, 2007.
  4. ^ Clarke, S. J. (1912). Cincinnati, the Queen City, 1788-1912. 2. The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company. p. 529. Retrieved 2013-05-20.
  5. ^ "John A. Roebling Cincinnati Suspension Bridge".
  6. ^ "DIXIE TERMINAL BUILDING - Cincinnati, Ohio - American Guide Series on". Waymarking.com. Retrieved 2011-08-26.

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