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Purple People Bridge


Overview from Mt. Adams

Photo submitted by Jonathan Maxwell

BH Photo #108275

Street Views 


Five-span through truss bridge over the Ohio River formerly carrying the Louisville & Nashville Railroad) and US 27 between Cincinnati and Newport
Cincinnati, Hamilton County, Ohio, and Campbell County, Kentucky
Open to pedestrian traffic only
First built 1872 as a Whipple through truss bridge; reconstructed 1897; railroad service discontinued 1987; closed to road traffic 2001; rehabilitated and reopened to pedestrians 2003
- Edge Moor Bridge Works of Wilmington, Delaware (Superstructure)
- Hutte & Foley of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (Substructure)
- M.J. Becker (Engineer)
- Interurban
- Louisville & Nashville Railroad (LN)
Major spans from north to south:
One 5-panel Pratt deck truss
One 6-panel (?) Pratt deck truss
One pin-connected, 20-panel Pennsylvania through truss
Four pin-connected, 8-panel Parker through trusses
Length of largest span: 509.8 ft.
Total length: 2,759.0 ft. (0.5 mi.)
Vertical clearance above deck: 21.1 ft.
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places
Also called
Newport & Cincinnati Bridge (original name)
Newport Southbank Bridge (modern official name)
L&N - Ohio River Bridge
L&N - Purple People Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+39.09802, -84.49775   (decimal degrees)
39°05'53" N, 84°29'52" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/716389/4330634 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Inventory number
BH 27612 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • February 14, 2022: New photo from Tony Dillon
  • February 10, 2022: New photos from Bambi Sharkoman
  • January 18, 2022: Updated by Paul Plassman: Added categories "5-panel truss", "6-panel truss", "20-panel truss", "8-panel truss"
  • September 25, 2017: New photo from Dave King
  • July 14, 2014: New Street View added by Ralph Demars
  • February 19, 2013: Updated by Nathan Holth: Added Super and Sub Structure Contractors, and Engineer
  • June 21, 2010: New photos from Anthony Dillon
  • April 11, 2010: New photos from James McCray
  • April 10, 2010: New photos from J.P.
  • April 1, 2010: Updated by Bill Eichelberger: Added Google Street View.
  • January 10, 2010: Updated by Bill Eichelberger: Added GPS coordinates.
  • November 12, 2008: New photo from Bill Eichelberger
  • November 28, 2005: Posted photo from J. Star

Related Bridges 



Purple People Bridge
Posted February 12, 2022, by RICK SHELTON (shltn [dot] rck66 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

The scene not long after closing.

I remember watching trains coming across this from the vantage point of Riverfront Stadium back in the mid-80's.

L&N Railroad Bridge
Posted September 8, 2008, by Anonymous

Photo taken October, 1988.