The Newport Southbank Bridge — popularly known as the Purple People Bridge — is a pedestrian-only bridge that stretches 2,670 feet (one-half of a mile) across the Ohio River, connecting Newport, Ky. to downtown Cincinnati and to trails along the river in both states.
This Ohio River pedestrian bridge that crosses from the Southbank of Cincinnati, Ohio, to the Northbank of Newport, Ky., and has been in existence since 1886. Learn More »
Become a friend and supporter of one of the nation’s few pedestrian-only bridges. Your donation will help keep the bridge clean, safe, and well maintained. Learn More »
Southbank Partners, the nonprofit group that was the primary developer of the bridge, convened focus groups during the planning stages for converting the span to a pedestrian walkway over the Ohio River…
A new design has been painted on the bridge to indicate the border where Kentucky and Ohio meet. Visitors can now know visit the bridge and clearly see the state border (closer to the Ohio side).
Read more about the border
Kid-friendly New Year’s party, including fireworks planned for the Purple People Bridge on Dec. 30 In another first for the Purple People Bridge this year, the Newport Southbank Bridge Company and ColdIron Enterprises Inc. will host a kid-friendly New Year’s Eve Eve party. The event will be held on Saturday, Dec. […]
For the first time in its 145-year history, the Purple People Bridge will be decked out with lights, decorations, and music during the month of December 2017 for the bridge’s inaugural Christmas Walk. To commemorate the commencement of the Christmas season on the Purple People Bridge, Giabella Guidugli, the five-year-old […]
Of the nine bridges crossing the Ohio River at Cincinnati, only one is purple. And it is the only one just for people, too.Learn More
Newport Southbank Bridge Co.
425 York Street Newport, Kentucky 41071