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…
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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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 […]
All of us at the Purple People Bridge and the Newport Southbank Bridge Company want to wish a giant congratulations to Kim Dearborn and her new fiance Drew on their engagement on the bridge on Saturday night, October 28th. The couple’s love stretches across a least two states. Drew dropped […]
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