Newport Southbank Bridge a.k.a. Purple People Bridge, Newport

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The Newport Southbank Bridge, popularly known as the Purple People Bridge, stretches 2,670 feet over the Ohio River, connecting Newport, Kentucky to downtown Cincinnati, Ohio.
The original bridge first opened on April 1, 1872, under the name Newport and Cincinnati Bridge, and was Cincinnati's first railroad bridge spanning the Ohio River. The bridge piers were built with stone from Adams County, Ohio. The present bridge opened in 1896 to streetcar, pedestrian and automobile traffic.
In 1904, the bridge was renamed the L&N (Louisville and Nashville) Railroad Bridge, and this name remained until the bridge was rehabilitated and re-opened as a pedestrian-only bridge in May 2003.
The bridge was closed to railroad traffic in 1987, and later closed to automobile traffic in October 2001 after years of neglect and deterioration.
On April 17, 2001, the L&N Railroad Bridge was listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
In late 2001, the city of Newport, Kentucky, and Southbank Partners, an economic development group, used $4 million in state funds to restore the bridge. When it was time to decide on what color to paint it, a variety of options were explored. Computer-generated images of the bridge were shown to participants in more than a dozen focus groups, all of whom picked the color purple as a top choice. It was soon coined the "Purple People Bridge" by area residents.
The bridge provides convenient access to the "Newport on the Levee" development in Newport, Kentucky, as well as Downtown Cincinnati.
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  • You can walk over this bridge and enjoy the view. you can also walk along the River and they have bikes you can rents and ride along it. I noticed a lot of geese outside too. If you walk to the...  more »
  • A great walk across the river with beautiful views. On the Kentucky side there are other attractions, shopping, and dining.  more »
  • Walking this bridge was such a peaceful time. Great views, great exercise, and great company. Watching huge boats and ferries glide on the water under you at sunset...some might even say it's romantic. If you are looking for a casual stroll the Purple People Bridge will not disappoint. *Don't scare the birds or you might get pooped on.
  • A beautiful place to walk along! Extremely pleasant at night time, with less crowd around. The bridge has some fun games along the path for fun.

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