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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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“Boom on the Bridge” Celebration

labor day WEBN/Western & Southern fireworks on purple people bridge

Purple People Bridge during 2017 “Boom on the Bridge” celebration. Photo courtesy of Keegan Kruse.

To express their appreciation for their efforts to promote economic development in Northern Kentucky’s river cities, Southbank Partners and the Newport Southbank Bridge Co. held a “Boom on the Bridge’ celebration for Northern Kentucky’s business and political leaders on Sunday night, Sept. 3. The party, which was held on the south ramp and first section of the Purple People Bridge, brought more than 500 people to the bridge to celebrate the end of summer and watch the annual Western Southern/WEBN Fireworks on the Ohio River.

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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 […]

By Popular Demand, More Glier’s Goetta Party On The Purple

August 8, 2017

DUE TO POPULAR DEMAND THE GLIER’S GOETTA “PARTY ON THE PURPLE” CONCERT SERIES ADDS NEW DATES THROUGH AUGUST  CINCINNATI – The Glier’s Goetta “Party on the Purple” organizers announced today that they are extending the free summer concert series on the Purple People Bridge to include five more dates to […]

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