Listen: How the Roebling Bridge Was Saved from Demolition and Made Stronger
It may be hard to imagine, but in the 1890s, the Roebling Suspension Bridge was considered for demolition.
The region was in need of a span that could better accommodate the growing reliance on electric streetcars, and the original suspension bridge, designed and built by John A. Roebling, was not up to snuff.
The Covington and Cincinnati Bridge Company sought proposals, and of the responses, only one called for reconstruction rather than replacement.
Wilhelm Hildenbrand, who had worked on Roebling's Brooklyn Bridge project, saved the local landmark.
In fact, it was part of his reconstruction effort that was damaged in this year's car crash that forced the bridge to close to vehicles and pedestrians for several weeks.
The Roebling Suspension Bridge: Wilhelm Hildenbrand's Report on Its Reconstruction in the 1890s is a new book edited by local author Don Heinrich Tolzmann, who joins RCN's Michael Monks to talk about it in this edition of Northern Kentucky Focus, that will air on Sunday, June 3, on 106.7 WNKR at 7:30 a.m.