Newport Southbank Bridge a.k.a. Purple People Bridge, Newport

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The Newport Southbank Bridge, popularly known as the Purple People Bridge, stretches 2,670 feet over the Ohio River, connecting Newport, Kentucky to downtown Cincinnati, Ohio.HistoryThe original bridge first opened on April 1, 1872, under the name Newport and Cincinnati Bridge, and was Cincinnati's first railroad bridge spanning the Ohio River. The bridge piers were built with stone from Adams County, Ohio. The present bridge opened in 1896 to streetcar, pedestrian and automobile traffic.In 1904, the bridge was renamed the L&N (Louisville and Nashville) Railroad Bridge, and this name remained until the bridge was rehabilitated and re-opened as a pedestrian-only bridge in May 2003.The bridge was closed to railroad traffic in 1987, and later closed to automobile traffic in October 2001 after years of neglect and deterioration.On April 17, 2001, the L&N Railroad Bridge was listed on the National Register of Historic Places.In late 2001, the city of Newport, Kentucky, and Southbank Partners, an economic development group, used $4 million in state funds to restore the bridge. When it was time to decide on what color to paint it, a variety of options were explored. Computer-generated images of the bridge were shown to participants in more than a dozen focus groups, all of whom picked the color purple as a top choice. It was soon coined the "Purple People Bridge" by area residents.The bridge provides convenient access to the "Newport on the Levee" development in Newport, Kentucky, as well as Downtown Cincinnati.
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  • I live nearby and walk across this bridge nearly every day. It connects the parks along the river and the Reds stadium on the Cincinnati side to the Levee on the Kentucky side. Lovely views of both ci...  more »
  • Were in Newport for 2 1/2 days and walked across the bridge several times due to the wonderful weather! Great exercise and felt safe at all times.  more »
  • We wanted to go to Newport on the Levee but was pulling our travel trailer with us and there was no where to park with the trailer so we ended up parking on the Cincinnati side for only $5 and walked ...  more »
  • The Purple People Bridge is a clean pedestrian bridge linking Newport to Cincinnati. It makes for a fun walk especially with kids.