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KYTC: Police Will Cite Roebling Bridge Trespassers on Opening Day

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet is reminding Opening Day fans that the Roebling Suspension Bridge is still very much closed to vehicles and pedestrians.

KYTC sent a news release Thursday saying that violators may be cited for trespassing.

As the Cincinnati Reds kick off their season on Friday, a day later than originally scheduled because of inclement weather, the Roebling finds itself on the disabled list. It's a common and popular pathway for pedestrians and people who find parking to be easier and cheaper in Covington when visiting Great American Ballpark.

This year, there will be police on both sides of the river to stop people from using it, KYTC said.

The bridge, which has allowed Reds fans access to downtown since 1881, is expected to return to service in June.

On Thursday, Covington Police charged the man that they say was driving a vehicle last week that crashed into the bridge, damaging the structure enough that transportation officials decided it should be closed for repairs.

Pedestrians and drivers can still use the Clay Wade Bailey Bridge in Covington or the Taylor-Southgate Bridge in Newport to get to downtown Cincinnati.

The Opening Day celebration at Covington's Roebling Point entertainment area, hosted by Smoke Justis, will go on as planned.

-Staff report