Cincinnati sues Newport, others over Purple People Bridge

Cincinnati sues Newport, others over Purple People Bridge

NEWPORT, KY (FOX19) - The city of Cincinnati is suing Newport, the state of Kentucky and others to try to force them to repair the pedestrian Purple People Bridge linking Ohio and Kentucky across the Ohio River.

Filed in federal court Friday, the 11-page suit names the city of Newport, the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet for the Commonwealth of Kentucky and the Newport Southgate Bridge Co.

The suit claims Newport and KTC should be responsible for maintenance and repairs to the 144-year-old bridge.

A March inspection determined the estimated cost of bridge repairs exceeds $200,000, the suit states. The city claims a 2011 bridge inspection found heavy cracking, spalling, failed steel dowels and severe corrosion.

In 2011, the city was forced to close the public Bicentennial Commons park after large stones fell off the bridge and into the park. The park remains closed "due to the ongoing and unabated deterioration of the L&N Bridge."

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