1890: (no Bridge Hunter; HAER) Central Bridge1995: (Bridge Hunter; 3D Satellite) Taylor-Southgate Bridge
At one time US-27 was routed over the Purple/L&N Bridge just upstream.
"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
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.
7. GENERAL VIEW OF THE MIDDLE SPAN TAKEN FROM THE NORTHWEST
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.
|Paul Abrams posted|
On the Ohio River at Cincinnati. That's the Taylor-Southgate Bridge. Photo taken in June 2011.