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Shut-Down Roebling Bridge Won't Stop Covington Opening Day Party

The Roebling Suspension Bridge between Covington and Cincinnati is a popular path from Northern Kentucky to Great American Ballpark when the Reds are playing.

Opening Day for the Reds is Thursday when the Washington Nationals roll into town.

But one piece of Opening Day will be missing among the festivities: the Roebling Suspension Bridge.

A single-car crash last week caused structural damage that forced the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet to close it to vehicles on Tuesday, and then to pedestrians on Friday.

There is no word on when it might reopen to either.

That would appear to be bad news for the Covington businesses that capitalize on Reds game days due to their closeness to the bridge.

Smoke Justis, one of the newer offerings at Covington's Roebling Point business district, has an Opening Day bash scheduled - and owner Richard Dickmann said the party will go on anyway.

The Transit Authority of Northern Kentucky (TANK) will accelerate the frequency of the Southbank Shuttle - every ten minutes - on Opening Day, with a stop at Park Street, which is convenient for Roebling Point revelers. 

The shuttle will drop off riders at the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center near the ballpark.

Smoke Justis is offering live music from 1 p.m. to 10 p.m. - so people not going to the game will have day-long entertainment.

The party starts at 11 a.m., Dickmann said.

The Opening Day Street Party will include a Budweiser Build-a-Bar with built-in television screens to watch the Reds take on the Washington Nationals. The day will feature Smoke Justis’s smoked bratts and metts, live music from the Derek Alan Band, Blue Honey, and The Tyler Moore Band. Cincinnati’s ESPN Radio will be broadcasting live from inside Smoke Justis at noon and Nash FM’s syndicated morning show hosts, Ty, Kelly, and Chuck will join Cincinnati’s Amanda Orlando for a live show at 11 a.m. outside.

-Staff report