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One-Of-A-Kind Crossing

Of the nine crossings of the Ohio River at Cincinnati, just one is purple and only for people...

RENT THE BRIDGE
FOR AN EVENT

One-Of-A-Kind Crossing

Of the nine crossings of the Ohio River at Cincinnati, just one is purple and only for people...

ABOUT THE BRIDGE

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.

HISTORY

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 »

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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 »

Why Purple?

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…
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State Border Added

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).
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Recent News

“Boom On The Bridge” Party Rocks Bridge During Fireworks

September 7, 2017

Expressing appreciation for their efforts to promote economic development in Northern Kentucky’s river cities, Southbank Partners and the Newport Southbank Bridge Co. held a party for Northern Kentucky business and political leaders on the Purple People Bridge Sunday night, Sept. 3, during the annual Cincinnati Labor Day weekend fireworks show. […]

Purple People Bridge in New York Times travel column

August 17, 2017

The Purple People Bridge was recognized today in The New York Times travel column, “36 Hours in Cincinnati.” The regular feature in the newspaper’s travel section takes readers through long weekend trips to various destinations around the country. This week’s column focused on Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky. Here’s what the Times […]

MEET THE PURPLE PEOPLE BRIDGE

Of the nine bridges crossing the Ohio River at Cincinnati, only one is purple. And it is the only one just for people, too.

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MAILING ADDRESS

Newport Southbank Bridge Co.
425 York Street Newport, Kentucky 41071

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Phone: 859-655-7700