Roebling Bridge pedestrian connector now open

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - A new pedestrian walkway opened Tuesday on the Roebling Suspension Bridge.  It's all part of The Banks project to make the area more walkable.

The bridge has connected Northern Kentucky and Cincinnati for decades, including both drivers and walkers.

"I walk this bridge twice a day, five days a week," said Cincinnati resident Glenda Cantrell.

Cantrell says the bridge is an essential part of her daily commute.

"I don't have money for a bus... that's why I walk everyday," Cantrell explained, who says traffic on the bridge can get pretty busy.

As a result, developers created a new pedestrian connector, which was unveiled on Tuesday.

The new walkway will connect travelers from downtown Cincinnati to the Riverfront, as well as connect Cincinnati to Covington through the Roebling Suspension Bridge.

"It's very important to have a wheelchair accessible, baby accessible, pedestrian accessible link between Cincinnati and Covington," explained The Banks Project Executive John Deatrick.

It's a project that has been in the works for the last three years, with a price tag of $430,000.

Deatrick says the pedestrian connector will free up the other walkway on the bridge so crews can do repairs on it.

Next on the list is making a roundabout at the north end of the bridge to make it easier for drivers to access The Banks.

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