Roebling bridge back open to vehicles, pedestrians

Roebling bridge back open to vehicles, pedestrians
The John A. Roebling Bridge is scheduled to reopen to traffic on Friday. Protective netting has been placed on the bridge to prevent any sandstone from falling onto the roadway. (Source: KYTC District 6)

COVINGTON, Ky. (FOX19) - Good news for commuters! The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet says the John A. Roebling Bridge and walkways reopened Friday morning around 10 a.m. to both vehicles and pedestrians.

The bridge and eastbound walkway were closed in mid-April as a safety precaution after sandstone fell on the road and the eastbound walkway.

Netting was installed as a temporary measure to safely reopen the bridge after several sandstone pieces broke away from the towers.

“Performing emergency work on the 152-year-old historic bridge requires a more extensive process than traditional bridge repairs due to preservation requirements,” Bob Yeager, District 6 Chief District Engineer said. “We appreciate the community’s patience as we did what was necessary to safely recommission this bridge for daily use.”

A restoration project addressing routine maintenance, including permanent repairs to the sandstone towers and pedestrian walkways, is currently in the design phase, with construction estimated to start in the spring of 2020.

Copyright 2019 WXIX. All rights reserved.