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Roebling will close to pedestrians between Wednesday and Friday

Posted at 4:39 PM, Jul 09, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-09 16:39:41-04

COVINGTON, Ky. — The Roebling Bridge, closed to traffic since its north tower began shedding sandstone in April, will briefly close to pedestrians at the end of this week.

The westbound sidewalk, the only part currently open, will be shut down from 7 a.m. — 4 p.m. between Wednesday and Friday.

The closures will allow engineers to chip off loose pieces of the north tower and install netting to catch any others that might break off.

“Performing emergency work on the 152-year-old historic bridge has resulted in a more extensive process than traditional bridge work due to preservation requirements,” Kentucky District 6 representatives wrote in a Tuesday news release. “The innovative netting measure being utilized uses a belting and rigging system to hold the nets in place, meaning nothing will be bolted into the bridge.”

The Roebling is one of Cincinnati's most iconic landmarks and served as a precursor to the internationally famous Brooklyn Bridge, also designed by 19th century engineer John Augustus Roebling. Before its April closure, it carried about 8,000 vehicles each day.