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 »
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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.
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 north 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.
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. […]
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 […]
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 […]
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