By Patrick Crowley
The Cincinnati Enquirer
NEWPORT - The purple bridge over the Ohio River - the span formerly known as the L&N Railroad Bridge - reopens the last weekend of April.
Billed as America's only pedestrian bridge between two states, the Newport Southbank Bridge will open with a private party Friday, April 25, followed by a public celebration the next day.
The 2,760-foot span, refurbished over the last two years, connects the riverfronts of Newport and Cincinnati.
The festivities begin Friday night with a private sneak preview and reception. Tickets are $50 and benefit the bridge's maintenance fund.
The public is invited Saturday for a full day of activities that include:
Race for the Cure
Among the first to cross the bridge will be the estimated 6,000 runners in the Susan B. Koman Race for the Cure, a benefit to raise money to battle breast cancer. The race begins at 8 a.m.
At 1 p.m. the bridge will be officially opened with events featuring area officials and leaders, high school bands, transportation exhibits, contests and other entertainment, as well as food.
Ohio River Hole in One
For $10, golfers can take three swings and try to hit a hole in one into a ring floating in the Ohio River.
For more information or for tickets to the Friday night opening, call (859) 655-7700.
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