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Tolls to Be Collected on Roebling Suspension Bridge as Part of Celebration

Tolls will again be collected on the John A. Roebling Bridge beginning at noon on Saturday, June 21.

The tolls will be collected from pedestrians only as a strictly voluntary contribution during RoeblingFest 2014. Funds collected will be used by the Covington-Cincinnati Suspension Bridge Committee (CCSBC) to continue their project to provide upgraded decorative lighting on the structure.

(SEE PREVIOUSLY: Convoy of Mercedes to Highlight RoeblingFest)

The bridge was a toll span from its opening to pedestrian traffic in late 1866 until the dedication of the Brent Spence Bridge in November 1963. The toll for pedestrians in 1866 was three cents; that would be approximately fifty cents today.

The 10th annual RoeblingFest is presented by Mercedes-Benz of Fort Mitchell. For RoeblingFest, the Bridge Committee partners with the Roebling Point Business Association, Renaissance-Covington, and the Kenton County Public Library.

The event will be on Saturday from noon until 10 p.m. in the Roebling Point area centered at Park Place and Court Street in Covington. It will feature history exhibits, including the Kentucky HistoryMobile, a Mercedes-Benz car show, an art show and sale, walking tours, activities for the kids, live music, plus food and drink provided by the Roebling Point restaurants.

Separate conducted walking tours include the Roebling Bridge, the Roebling Murals on the floodwall, the River Walk statues along Riverside Drive, and a Heritage Tour of various Roebling sites in the area. The event has been billed as “A Celebration of Art, Architecture, History, and Engineering”.

The CCSBC is a group of citizens dedicated to the preservation and enhancement of the John A. Roebling Bridge.  They are responsible for the national and state flags atop the bridge towers as well as the decorative lighting system. The bridge has been designated as a National Historic Landmark and also a National Historic Civil Engineering Landmark.