Thursday, March 20, 2003

Span to reopen in April as Newport Southbank Bridge

Old L&N links Levee, ballpark

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.

• Bands, contests

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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