|Carries||4 lanes of US 27
2 pedestrian sidewalks
|Locale||Newport, Kentucky and Cincinnati, Ohio|
|Design||Continuous truss bridge|
|Longest span||259 meters (850 feet)|
|Construction cost||$56 million|
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.
Some regard this bridge, which was a replacement for the Cincinnati-Newport Bridge built by Samuel Bigstaff , 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.
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.
- Graham Knight (2010-04-25). "Cincinnati Reds: Great American Ball Park". Baseball Pilgrimages. Retrieved 2010-07-24. "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'."
- Schrage, Robert (July 1, 2006). Along the Ohio River: Cincinnati to Louisville. Arcadia Publishing. p. 26. Retrieved 2013-05-27.
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