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Roebling Suspension Bridge to Reopen Friday

The John A. Roebling Suspension Bridge will reopen on Friday afternoon, the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet - District 6 Office announced on Thursday.

The bridge closed to vehicles in mid-April after sandstone fell from the iconic towers. 

The eastern pedestrian path was also closed.

Netting was installed as a temporary safety measure, but more work is coming in the future.

“Performing emergency work on the 152-year-old historic bridge requires a more extensive process than traditional bridge repairs due to preservation requirements,” said District 6 Chief District Engineer Bob Yeager. “We appreciate the community’s patience as we did what was needed to safely recommission this bridge for daily use.”

The temporary measure involved installing a temporary belting and rigging system to securely hold the nets in place thereby avoiding the use of bolts into the structure.

A restoration project addressing routine maintenance – including permanent repairs to the sandstone towers and pedestrian walkways – is currently in the design phase, with construction estimated to start in the spring of 2020.

A specific time was not given for Friday's afternoon reopening, but cars and pedestrians are expected to have full access.

-Staff report