C&O Railroad Bridge

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C&O Railroad Bridge
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The C&O Railroad Bridge looking southeast from Mehring Way in Cincinnati.
Carries 2 tracks of CSX Transportation
Crosses Ohio River
Locale Covington, Kentucky and Cincinnati, Ohio
Design Cantilever bridge
Longest span 206 metres (676 ft)
Opened 1889 original, 1929 rebuilt

The C&O Railroad bridge is a cantilever truss bridge over the Ohio River. It was the first railroad bridge connecting Cincinnati, Ohio and Covington, Kentucky.[1]

The bridge was originally built between 1886 and 1889 by a predecessor of the Chesapeake and Ohio Railway. The bridge cost $3,348,675, an enormous sum.[2] By 1929 it was obsolete, and a replacement was built on extended piers immediately adjacent to the original structure. This new bridge was given the same name as the original and is still in use, carrying the CSX Railroad (the C&O's successor) across the river. The original bridge was sold to the Commonwealth of Kentucky and retrofitted as an automobile bridge. In 1974 that converted original bridge was demolished, the northern pier was extended, and the Clay Wade Bailey Bridge was built on that and the remaining preexisting piers.


  1. ^ Kenton County Public Library (August 1, 2003). Images of America: Covington, Kentucky. Arcadia Publishing. p. 23. Retrieved 2013-05-07. 
  2. ^ Kenny, Daniel J. (1895). Illustrated Guide to Cincinnati and the World's Columbian Exposition. R. Clarke. p. 24. Retrieved 2013-05-22. 

"C&O Bridge, Clay Wade Bailey Bridge". Cincinnati-transit.net. Retrieved 2006-03-27. 

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Coordinates: 39°05′29″N 84°31′11″W / 39.09151°N 84.519643°W / 39.09151; -84.519643