Taylor–Southgate Bridge

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Taylor-Southgate Bridge
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Carries 4 lanes of US 27
2 pedestrian sidewalks
Crosses Ohio River
Locale Newport, Kentucky and Cincinnati, Ohio
Design Continuous truss bridge
Longest span 259 meters (850 feet)
Construction cost $56 million[1]
Opened 1995
Coordinates 39°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

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 [1], 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.[2]

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.[3] It was demolished in 1991.

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  1. ^ http://bridgestunnels.com/bridges/ohio-river/taylor-southgate-bridge-us-27/
  2. ^ 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'." 
  3. ^ Schrage, Robert (July 1, 2006). Along the Ohio River: Cincinnati to Louisville. Arcadia Publishing. p. 26. Retrieved 2013-05-27. 

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