Roebling Bridge closes to traffic for 9 months

Roebling Bridge closes to traffic for 9 months
Roebling Bridge (Source: Austin Olding)

CINCINNATI (FOX19) - Find a detour starting Monday if you take the John A. Roebling Bridge to go over the Ohio River between downtown Cincinnati and northern Kentucky.

The bridge will be completely closed to vehicular traffic on Feb. 15, for a nine-month restoration project to preserve the 154-year-old historic landmark, according to the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC).

The bridge was closed in April 2019 as a safety precaution after sandstone fragments broke from the east side of the north tower. Temporary netting was installed and the bridge was re-opened in August 2019.

KYTC and representatives of the State Historic Preservation Office said the $4.7 million project was awarded to Lithko Restoration Technologies, LLC.

The project includes masonry work and the repair and replacement of sections of sandstone on the north and south anchorages and towers. Other work will include minor deck and sidewalk repair, KYTC officials say.

The bridge is scheduled to reopen to traffic by the end of November.

The overall project is expected to be complete by Dec. 31.

The Roebling Bridge carries approximately 8,100 vehicles a day.

KYTC officials are urging motorists to use the Clay Wade Bailey Bridge (US 25) or the 4th Street/Veterans Bridge (KY 8) to the Taylor Southgate Bridge (US 27) as a detour.

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