The John A. Roebling Suspension Bridge spans the Ohio River between Cincinnati, Ohio and Covington, Kentucky. When the first pedestrians crossed on December 1, 1866, it was the longest suspension bridge in the World at 1,057 feet (322 m) main span. Today, many pedestrians use the bridge to get between the arenas in Cincinnati (Paul Brown Stadium, Great American Ball Park, and U.S. Bank Arena) and the hotels, bars, restaurants, and parking lots in Northern Kentucky. The bar and restaurant district at the foot of the bridge on the Kentucky side is known as Roebling Point.
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The Commonwealth of Kentucky closed the bridge on November 13, 2006 to make extensive repairs to the structure.It was scheduled to reopen April 22, 2007, but reopened about a month ahead of schedule in late March.
However, it was closed again for much of 2008 for repainting.On September 11, 2007 the Commonwealth of Kentucky reduced the weight limit to 11 tons to prevent future structural damage following an analysis by the University of Kentucky.The new lower weight limit prevents buses from crossing the bridge.
The Commonwealth of Kentucky once again closed the bridge at 9AM on April 7, 2010 for a complete repainting of the bridge. The bridge reopened in November 2010.The closing of the bridge only affected vehicular traffic, while one pedestrian lane remained open.