CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - Commuters between northern Kentucky and Cincinnati may have to find a new way in and out of the city.
The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) says the John A. Roebling Suspension Bridge will be closed to vehicles beginning Wednesday at 4 p.m. until further notice. They say the closing is a safety precaution after sandstone fragments broke from the east side of the north tower Tuesday.
The eastbound sidewalk will remain open to pedestrians in the meantime, officials say.
KYTC officials say they will evaluate the structure to determine repair options.
Emergency repairs take longer on the 152-year-old historic suspension bridge because the process is more extensive than those for traditional bridges due to preservation requirements.
“The timeline will be determined once an in-depth inspection is completed to inform the type of temporary repairs we can make on the historic bridge,” Public Information Officer Nancy Wood said.
Barriers are in place.
Officials suggest using the Clay Wade Bailey Bridge between Covington and Cincinnati as an alternate route or the Fourth Street Veterans Bridge in Kentucky to the Taylor Southgate Bridge between Newport and Kentucky.
Construction on a restoration project that will address routine maintenance and repairs to the sandstone towers will begin in the spring of 2020. Right now, that project is currently in the design phase.
KYTC officials say the Roebling bridge sees about 8,100 vehicles a day.