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Central Bridge

Central Bridge (US 27)

The Central Bridge carried US Route 27 over the Ohio River between Newport, Kentucky, and Cincinnati, Ohio.


Preliminary surveys for the construction of the Central Bridge was prepared by L. F. G. Bouscaren. A. H. Porter and F. C. Osborn, engineers of the King Bridge Company. 1 The company oversaw final design preparations for the crossing, which consisted of a three-span cantilever through truss, two Pennsylvania-Petit trusses, a Pratt truss, and a viaduct. The bridge was to include two trolley tracks, two sidewalks, and a roadway.

Construction began in 1890 by the General Railway & Bridge Company under the direction of the Ferris, Kaufman & Company, and was finished in 1891. 2 The Central Bridge was one of the earliest highway cantilever trusses in Kentucky and one of the longest bridges built by the King Bridge Company. 1

The Central Bridge was demolished in 1992. 1




  • State: Kentucky, Ohio
  • Route: US Route 27
  • Type:
  • Status: Demolished - Replaced
  • Total Length: 2,758 feet
  • Main Span Length: 510 feet
  • Spans:
  • Deck Width: 17.1 feet
  • Above Vertical Clearance: 21.2 feet


  1. Fiegel, Jayne Henderson. U.S. ROUTE 27 CENTRAL BRIDGE. Rept. no. HAER No. KY-28. Atlanta: HISTORIC AMERICAN ENGINEERING RECORD, n.d. Print.
  2. Bridge plaques.

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