Monday, February 1, 2021

US-27 1890,1995 Bridges over Ohio River at Cincinnati, OH

1890: (no Bridge Hunter; HAER) Central Bridge
1995: (Bridge Hunter; 3D Satellite) Taylor-Southgate Bridge

At one time US-27 was routed over the Purple/L&N Bridge just upstream.

1890


cincinnati-transit
"It was the first 'standard' cantilever truss bridge ever built -- a design since common throughout the world."
An aerial photo of Central Bridge
A link to a sequence of pages with photos and postcards
 
HAER KY,19-NEWP,2--2

2. OVERALL VIEW OF STRUCTURE FROM THE NEWPORT FLOOD WALL TAKEN FROM THE EAST - U.S. Route 27 Central Bridge, Spanning Ohio River, Newport, Campbell County, KY


The navigation channel span was 520'. It had wrought iron tension members and steel compression members. "It is one of the longest extant bridges constructed by the King Bridge Company in the United States." [HAER-data]  But they tore it down anyhow.

HAER KY,19-NEWP,2--7

7. GENERAL VIEW OF THE MIDDLE SPAN TAKEN FROM THE NORTHWEST


1995


Street View

The description in Bridge Hunter says this 1995 bridge used rivets. Bridges built after the 1970s generally used high-strength bolts. The main span is 850'. Given Kentucky's track record of getting rid of truss bridges, it is interesting that they let a new one touch their shore.

Street View

Paul Abrams posted
On the Ohio River at Cincinnati. That's the Taylor-Southgate Bridge. Photo taken in June 2011.

When the river is running high, it can be very important to know the clearance.
Trevor Whited, Dec 2018

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