Simon Kenton Memorial Bridge

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Simon Kenton Memorial Bridge
Taken from the Kentucky side
Coordinates 38°39′00″N 83°45′35″W / 38.649933°N 83.759626°W / 38.649933; -83.759626Coordinates: 38°39′00″N 83°45′35″W / 38.649933°N 83.759626°W / 38.649933; -83.759626
Carries US 62 2 lanes of U.S. Route 62[1]
Crosses Ohio River
Locale Maysville, Kentucky and Aberdeen, Ohio
Maintained by Kentucky Transportation Cabinet
Design Suspension bridge
Total length 607 meters (1,991 feet)
Longest span 323 meters (1,060 feet)
Construction cost $1.6 million[2]
Opened 1931

The Simon Kenton Memorial Bridge is a suspension bridge built in 1931 that crosses the Ohio River and connects Maysville, Kentucky and Aberdeen, Ohio. Its main span is 1,060 feet (320 meters) long, and the total length of the bridge is 1,991 feet (607 meters). The bridge was designed by Modjeski and Masters and was open to traffic on November 25, 1931.

It is currently in use. The bridge was closed for rehabilitation in 2003 and 2004 after the William H. Harsha Bridge was completed. URS Corp. prepared the rehabilitation plans which consisted of a deck replacement, structural steel repairs, a new inspection walkway, and a new handrail on the main spans. The bridge was painted and returned to its original color, silver. It was rumored that the bridge was painted green during World War II to help 'disguise' it from air attacks. National Engineering and Contracting Company completed the construction and painting for the rehabilitation at a cost of $5.7 million.

The bridge originally opened with a toll. Those tolls were removed in 1945 to much fanfare - including celebrations from the local Rotary and Lions club, and a parade in downtown Maysville.


  1. ^ "KYTC | General Highway Map". Kentucky Transportation Cabinet. Retrieved 2015-04-24. 
  2. ^ "Kentucky, Ohio teams doing bridge inspections". 2012-09-18. Retrieved 2015-04-24. 

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