9 votes

Taylor-Southgate Bridge



Photo taken by Anthony Dillon in June 2010


BH Photo #168058

Street View 


Although considered plain and an unworthy replacement for the historic Central Bridge, this span is somewhat unusual. A continuous Warren through truss with riveted connections was chosen for this simple and sleek structure. One thing that does bother me greatly, is that the plaques and some of the decorative portal bracing were incorporated into the new bridge. This gives people the wrong idea that the bridge is much older than it really is.


Warren through truss bridge over Ohio River on US 27
Newport, Hamilton County, Ohio, and Campbell County, Kentucky
Open to traffic
Built in 1995 to replace the old Central Bridge
Riveted continuous Warren through truss
Length of largest span: 850.0 ft.
Total length: 2,298.0 ft. (0.4 mi.)
Deck width: 60.0 ft.
Also called
Central Bridge (New)
US 27 Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+39.09587, -84.50125   (decimal degrees)
39°05'45" N, 84°30'04" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/716093/4330387 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Average daily traffic (as of 2015)
Inventory numbers
ODOT 3101975 (Ohio Dept. of Transportation structure file number)
BH 45523 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of October 2018)
Overall condition: Good
Superstructure condition rating: Good (7 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Good (7 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Good (7 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 87 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com

Update Log 

  • February 10, 2022: New photos from Bambi Sharkoman
  • January 14, 2016: Updated by James Baughn: Merged duplicate pages
  • October 31, 2013: New Street View added by J.P.
  • November 15, 2011: Updated by J.P.: added bridge type as warren
  • June 21, 2010: Added by Anthony Dillon
  • March 13, 2010: Updated by Bill Eichelberger: Added Google Street View.

Related Bridges 



Taylor-Southgate Bridge
Posted February 10, 2022, by Bambi Sharkoman (jesseberube5 [at] gmail [dot] com)

i actually like that they implemented the plaque. i was just going based off the description. i honestly do not understand how anybody could ever demolish any bridge of that size. just like how they demolished the Madison-Milton Bridge. you dont see Europe going around everywhere demolishing historic structures just so somebody can make profit destroying it so somebody else can profit building a cheaper version. preservation must be something we need to cherish. thats one of the main reasons why i became a photographer so the next generations can see how old buildings and bridges looked like and how places have changed and enjoy history and historical images just as much as i do

Taylor-Southgate Bridge
Posted February 10, 2022, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

It is a bit odd, they should have at least put a modern plaque above to eliminate confusion. The Google Streetview shows interpretive signage on the sidewalks but that doesn't help people driving on the bridge. I wonder what happened to the other two bridge plaques on this bridge, the standard King plaque, and the main end post plaque.

Taylor-Southgate Bridge
Posted February 10, 2022, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

I don't care for it being placed on the new bridge. The Central Bridge was as much a landmark as the Roebling Bridge and deserved a better fate. This gives a false impression that the current bridge is historic.

Taylor-Southgate Bridge
Posted February 10, 2022, by Bambi Sharkoman (jesseberube5 [at] gmail [dot] com)

here is a great example of the old bridge's plaque being implemented giving the illusion from the deck that this bridge was built in 1890 instead of 1995

Ohio River US 27 Bridge No. 2
Posted June 24, 2008, by Todd D. Walker (hippiewalk [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Mr Baughn

This modern continuous truss replaced a much loved historical cantilever structure known until its demolition as the "Central Bridge". Cincinnati residents or those familiar with the old Central Bridge should look for pics to post. The Central Bridge paired with the old "Cynergy Field" aka "Riverfront Stadium" is shown in many photographs.

Ohio River US 27 Bridge No. 2
Posted June 24, 2008, by kayandjay.net (kayandjay [dot] net)

Looking South toward Newport KY.