Roebling Bridge necklace lights will be back on in time for Halloween

COVINGTON, Ky. -- Jack-o'-lanterns will get extra help lighting the night this Halloween: The necklace lights on the John A. Roebling Bridge will be turned at 8 p.m. Oct. 31.

The decorative lights, which grace the bridge's suspension cables, have been turned off since last fall because they needed repairs and upgrades. The Covington Cincinnati Suspension Bridge Committee has funded the work through donations.

According to the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, some of the 76 necklace lights will still be out until spring, when weather allows crews to replace them.

PHOTOS: Roebling Bridge is riverfront's icon

The 150-year-old Roebling Bridge is on the National Register of Historic Places and is designated as a National Historic Civil Engineering Landmark. When it opened in December 1866, it was the world's longest suspension bridge, an engineering marvel described in the local press as "the greatest work in the country."

The 1,057-foot bridge's maker, John Augustus Roebling, went on to plan the famed Brooklyn Bridge in New York.

Visit roeblingbridge.org to learn more and donate.

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