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Clay Wade Bailey Bridge


Photo taken by Andrew Raker in August 2008


BH Photo #287923

Street Views 


Cantilevered through truss bridge over Ohio River on US 25/US 42/US 127 in Cincinnati
Cincinnati, Hamilton County, Ohio, and Kenton County, Kentucky
Open to traffic
Built 1974
Cantilevered Warren through truss
Length of largest span: 674.7 ft.
Total length: 2,208.4 ft. (0.4 mi.)
Deck width: 42.6 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 18.0 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+39.09111, -84.51917   (decimal degrees)
39°05'28" N, 84°31'09" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/714557/4329817 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Average daily traffic (as of 2015)
Inventory numbers
ODOT 3102475 (Ohio Dept. of Transportation structure file number)
BH 18853 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of June 2018)
Overall condition: Poor
Superstructure condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 45.4 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com

Update Log 

  • February 10, 2022: New Street View added by Bambi Sharkoman
  • November 20, 2021: Updated by Paul Plassman: Added truss type
  • July 8, 2018: New photo from Geoff McKim
  • September 20, 2016: New Street View added by Dana and Kay Klein
  • July 22, 2015: New photo from Andy Peters
  • July 10, 2014: New photo from Andrew Raker
  • March 13, 2010: Updated by Bill Eichelberger: Added Google Street View.

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Clay Wade Bailey Bridge
Posted February 10, 2022, by Bambi Sharkoman (jesseberube5 [at] gmail [dot] com)

just imagine how someone must have felt looking at that massive railroad bridge or a railroad conductor going across it in 1930

Clay Wade Bailey Bridge
Posted February 10, 2022, by Paul Plassman

Pretty impressive how the giant railroad bridge alongside towers over the Clay Wade Bailey, which is no small bridge itself!

Clay Wade Bailey Bridge
Posted February 10, 2022, by Bambi Sharkoman (jesseberube5 [at] gmail [dot] com)

im surprised how few pictures this bridge has considering its proximity to Cincinnati

Clay Wade Bailey Bridge
Posted July 19, 2021, by Tom Hoffman

I've known forever that the Clay Wade Bailey Bridge replaced the original C&O railroad/auto bridge. I just learned more info and saw a picture. It looked like it was a three span Camelback Pennsylvania truss listed built 1887. The new 1929 C&O cantaliever bridge was built for rail, and the original 1887 bridge was converted to automobile traffic. The piers of both bridges didnt line up and caused navigation problems. The old bridge was demolished in 1970 and Clay Wade Bailey was completed in 1974.