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Shortway Bridge



BH Photo #126718


Lost Pennsylvania through truss bridge over Licking River on KY 1120 in Newport
Newport, Kenton County, Kentucky, and Campbell County, Kentucky
Imploded in 2003
Built 1914; replaced 2001; demolished by implosion 2003
Riveted, 14-panel Pennsylvania through truss with deck plate girder approaches
Length of largest span: 359.9 ft.
Total length: 1,502.0 ft.
Deck width: 16.1 ft.
Also called
Licking River KY 1120 Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+39.07938, -84.49926   (decimal degrees)
39°04'46" N, 84°29'57" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/716315/4328562 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Inventory number
BH 18851 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • February 12, 2022: Updated by Paul Plassman: Added NBI info and categories "14-panel truss", "Riveted"
  • November 2, 2016: Updated by Clark Vance: Opening date
  • March 3, 2014: Updated by Bill Eichelberger: Added name
  • January 3, 2010: Updated by Bill Eichelberger: Bridge was demolished.
  • October 25, 2008: New photos from Bill Eichelberger

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Shortway Bridge
Posted February 12, 2022, by Paul Plassman

You'd think the demolition guy's comment about it being so heavily built would have made somebody think a little. Although I'm guessing the reason for replacement here wasn't so much structural deficiency as width...they still could've reused this for a one-way couplet or pedestrian bridge though.

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

From the Cincinnati Post and the Cincinnati Enquirer. I'm certainly thrilled the onlookers cheered, it was definitely a moment to be proud of.

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

From July of 2001.

Licking River KY 1120 Bridge
Posted October 25, 2008, by James gentner (jfgentner678 [at] aol [dot] com)

I think this is what was known as the Shortway bridge. I almost skipped classes at Northern kentucky University to watch the implosion.