Southbank Shuttle Detour: Suspension Bridge Temporary Closed
TANK has modified service to respond to the temporary closure of the Suspension Bridge that began 4:00pm on April 17 2019 until further notice.
The Southbank Shuttle on 3rd under the Clay Wade Bailey Bridge will be closed. Park & Ride should catch the bus on 3rd at Bakewell on the north side of the street.
There may be minor delays due to the detours. We appreciate your patience during this time.
Shuttle Map with Detours.pdf
City of Covington Announcement: Wednesday, April 8, 2019
The Suspension Bridge's roadway and its upriver sidewalk were blocked off April 17 after sandstone fragments - including a chunk "large enough to have killed someone" - fell from the east side of the bridge's north tower, Covington Mayor Joe Meyer said.
Meyer said at the Covington City Commission meeting Tuesday night that he had talked to Chief District Engineer Robert Yeager of the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet earlier in the day to get an update.
While Yeager was unable yet to provide a specific timetable, Meyer said it was obvious that it would take at least six to eight weeks - if not longer - to figure out a repair plan, get bids, and do the repair.
"We appreciate that state highway officials are working hard to get the Suspension Bridge reopen as soon as possible, but nevertheless we've been taking every opportunity to reiterate the importance of the bridge to Covington businesses and commuters," Mayor Meyer said.
Meyer said he was told that the Cabinet was coincidentally already planning to address the crumbling sandstone on the towers next spring through an $8 million repair project that is currently in the design phase.
The same consultant now is working on developing "temporary remedies" that would allow the bridge to reopen as soon as possible, the state said.
Both projects are complicated by the 152-year-old bridge's weight limit and its status as a National Historic Landmark.
More than 8,000 cars a day travel the bridge, carrying commuters, shoppers and visitors between Covington and Cincinnati. It's also an important crossing for pedestrians, with foot traffic particularly heavy on game days for the Cincinnati Reds.
KYTC District 6 Announcement: TRAFFIC ALERT - KYTC advises motorists the John A. Roebling Bridge will be closed to vehicular traffic beginning Wednesday, April 17 at 4 p.m. until further notice. The eastbound sidewalk will be closed while the westbound sidewalk will remain open to pedestrians. The closure is safety precaution after sandstone fragments broke from the east side of the north tower yesterday. Closing the Roebling Bridge is necessary to ensure the safety of vehicles and pedestrians from the potential of additional falling debris at a height of nearly eighty feet. Pedestrians and motorists are urged to respect the barriers. KYTC officials will evaluate the structure to determine repair options to allow the safe reopening of the 152 year-old bridge to traffic as soon as possible. Performing emergency repairs to the historic bridge is a more extensive process than traditional bridge repairs due to preservation requirements. A restoration project addressing routine maintenance, including repairs to the sandstone towers, is currently in the design phase with construction estimated to start in the spring of 2020.