Rating Downtown’s Bridges

Take a walk over the river as we rate Cincinnati’s bridges by walkability, views, and what they connect.

ILLUSTRATION BY MATT JOHNSTONE

Take a walk over the river as we rate downtown Cincinnati’s bridges by walkability, views, and what they connect.


Taylor-Southgate Bridge

Walking Surface: Concrete sidewalks on both sides

Best View: Into Great American Ball Park through the outfield opening

Ohio Side: GAPB, Heritage Bank Arena, Serpentine Wall

NKY Side: Newport on the Levee, the new Ovation concert venue

Fun Fact: Newest of the walkable bridges, built in 1995

Note: Clean and efficient.


Roebling Suspension Bridge

Walking Surface: Pock-marked and patched asphalt sidewalks on both sides

Best View: Covington’s new riverfront plaza

Ohio Side: Smale Riverfront Park, The Banks

NKY Side: Downtown Covington

Fun Fact: Opened in 1866 as a prototype for John Roebling’s later Brooklyn Bridge

Note: The best connections on both sides.


Purple People Bridge

Walking Surface: Two concrete decks include a wide one on the west

Best View: Newport on the Levee, Mt. Adams

Ohio Side: Sawyer Point, Artistry apartments under construction

NKY Side: Downtown Newport

Fun Fact: Converted to pedestrian-only in 2006

Note: Only accessible from the Kentucky side after stones fell from the northern pier.


Clay Wade Bailey Bridge

Walking Surface: Concrete sidewalk on the east side

Best View: The Bengals’ practice fields next to Paul Brown Stadium

Ohio Side: PBS, Smale Riverfront Park

NKY Side: Covington MainStrasse

Fun Fact: Named after a Northern Kentucky journalist

Note: The train bridge side desperately needs painted.

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