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Events Planned for Roebling Bridge, Even Though It's Closed Still

Several events are planned for the Roebling Suspension Bridge between Covington and Cincinnati this month, even though the span is currently closed to vehicular traffic while the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet investigates an issue with the structure.

Bridge tours start on May 11, at 10 and 11:30 a.m.

The tours will detail the bridge's history and construction, offered by the Bridge Committee.

Tickets are free, but space is limited to fifteen people for each tour. Sign up here.

A pub crawl to support the Bridge Committee is also set for Saturday, May 11 at 1 p.m.

The pub crawl features spots in Covington's Roebling Point entertainment district, such as Keystone Bar & Grill, Smoke Justis, Molly Malone's, and the Gruff.

An historic safe opening is scheduled for Thursday, May 16, at 10 a.m. at the Kenton County Public Library in Covington.

When the Covington Cincinnati Bridge Company was in charge of what is now known as the Roebling Bridge, their offices contained a large safe. This 150-year old safe was last opened in the early 1950s, when management of the bridge transitioned from the Bridge Company to the Commonwealth of Kentucky.

On May 16, the safe will be opened for the first time in over 65 years. Professional safecrackers were brought in to figure out how to get it open and visitors will be among the first to see what is inside. 

On Tuesday, May 21, Nathanael Greene Lodge in Green Township, Ohio, will host a Roebling Bridge Talk with Don Heinrich Tolzmann, a Bridge Committee board member and historian. That event runs from 7:30 to 9 p.m.

-Staff report

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