Taylor–Southgate Bridge

The Taylor–Southgate Bridge is a continuous truss bridge that was built in 1995. It has a main span of 850 feet (260 m), and a total span of 1,850 feet (560 m). The bridge carries U.S. Route 27 across the Ohio River, connecting Newport, Kentucky and Cincinnati, Ohio.

Taylor-Southgate Bridge
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Coordinates39°05′46″N 84°30′04″W / 39.09600°N 84.50120°W / 39.09600; -84.50120Coordinates: 39°05′46″N 84°30′04″W / 39.09600°N 84.50120°W / 39.09600; -84.50120
Carries4 lanes of US 27
2 pedestrian sidewalks
CrossesOhio River
LocaleNewport, Kentucky and Cincinnati, Ohio
DesignContinuous truss bridge
Longest span259 meters (850 feet)
Construction cost$56 million[1]

Some regard this bridge, which was a replacement for the Cincinnati-Newport Bridge built by Samuel Bigstaff,[2] as a little too plain in its design for a major urban bridge, especially considering many cities today are opting for a more elegant design, such as a cable stayed bridge.[3]

The bridge is named for the families of James Taylor, Jr. and Richard Southgate, two important early settlers of Newport. Richard was the father of William Wright Southgate, a pre Civil War Congressman from northern Kentucky.

Taylor-Southgate Bridge

The bridge replaced the Cincinnati-Newport Bridge, a truss bridge built in 1890.[4] Commonly known as Central Bridge, it was demolished in 1992.[5]

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  1. ^ "Taylor-Southgate Bridge (US 27)". Bridges & Tunnels. Archived from the original on October 6, 2011.
  2. ^ http://www.rootsweb.com/~kycampbe/samuelbigstaff.htm
  3. ^ Graham Knight (April 25, 2010). "Cincinnati Reds: Great American Ball Park". Baseball Pilgrimages. Retrieved July 24, 2010. The focal point of the ballpark's backdrop is the Taylor-Southgate Bridge, a rather unassuming white steel of an expanse built in 1995 to connect Newport, Kentucky and Cincinnati. The bridge can be summed up by the unaffiliated Cincinnati-Transit.net website: 'While not an eyesore, the city missed an opportunity to build an outstanding new bridge in a high profile location'.
  4. ^ Schrage, Robert (July 1, 2006). Along the Ohio River: Cincinnati to Louisville. Arcadia Publishing. p. 26. ISBN 9780738543086. Retrieved May 27, 2013.
  5. ^ "100-year-old bridge demolished". The Galveston Daily News. Galveston, TX. AP. March 21, 1992. Retrieved July 11, 2016 – via Newspapers.com.  

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