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Bridge rusts amid debate over color

By Cindy Schroeder, Cincinnati Enquirer | June 18, 2004

 

Covington Mayor Butch Callery says it's time to end the years-old debate over what color to repaint the Roebling Suspension Bridge. He just wants to see the historic span get a fresh coat.

 

Callery has sent a letter to Clay Bailey, secretary of the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, asking him to once again make the painting of the Suspension Bridge a priority by including the project in the state's six-year plan. The state had planned to paint the bridge in 1998, but delayed the job during the reconstruction of Cincinnati's Fort Washington Way.

 

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Ky. keeps a rusting Roebling on hold

Cincinnati Enquirer | June 22, 2004

 

If you're looking for a real-life example of what government waste and fraud can mean, look no further than the rusting Roebling Suspension Bridge that links Covington and Cincinnati. Last week, the Enquirer reported plans to repaint the historic Ohio River span, already delayed since 1998, will be put off for several more years. Kentucky officials say the state can't afford its $6 million cost, a third of the state's entire yearly bridge maintenance budget.

 

Guess why it can't afford the $6 million?  Last week, Kentucky Transportation Cabinet officials approved a $17.8 million bid to repaint the Interstate 65 Kennedy Bridge across the Ohio at Louisville, the Associated Press reported.  But that's not the half of it - literally. The state already has squandered more than $20 million on the Kennedy Bridge repainting because of a bribery scandal involving state inspectors, and the ensuing lawsuits by bridge painting companies.

 

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Okay...let's go! (I'm kind of partial to the blue.)

 

Is UK blue OK hue for Roebling?

Paint money's in the budget; now we have to pick a color

By Mike Rutledge, Cincinnati Enquirer | March 26, 2005

 

Here's the $7 million question: What color should the Roebling Suspension Bridge be? Kentucky transportation officials have the money in their budget, and they plan a Roebling paint job next year, a state official said Friday. Now they want your opinion for the graceful bridge that is a symbol of Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky. The peeling span was last painted in 1980.

 

"There is money in the budget to do bridge painting and ... we'll be able to paint the bridge next summer," said Chuck Knowles, Kentucky's deputy state highway engineer for system preservation and operations. This year, the state will make $1.2 million in repairs to the bridge's sidewalks and other parts of the span that opened in 1867.

 

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I like its present color.  Maybe the darker blue would be all right, too.

 

I think it would be cool if each bridge were painted a different color, since there are not that many of them.  There are already yellow, purple, and blue bridges; maybe a green and some kind or red could fit in there somewhere.

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I kinda like this trend that we have been seeing over the past few years.  The bridges farthest East have been changing from dull, boring colors to bright ones. We first saw the purple people bridge, then the 471 bridge got a nice, bright coat of yellow.  The suspension needs to keep its bright color.  In fact, I wouldn't mind seeing some more bridges painted bright colors when their time comes.  Perhaps a nice red when it comes time to repaint the Southgate bridge.  And of course, when the new 71/75 gets built, there is another opertunity there to finish off our array of bright colored bridges. 

 

But then again, just paint the damn thing so it doesn't end up in the river.

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Here's the eastern bridges hydrobond mentioned - this is from last fall just after sunrise, from the Celestial's parking lot in Mt. Adams (left to right - Daniel Carter Beard Bridge (471/Big Mac), L&N Railroad Bridge (Purple People Bridge), and the Taylor-Southgate):

 

ThreeBridges.jpg

 

I'd love to see the Taylor-Southgate painted something - it's just so non-spectacular now - just a low road that flies out over the water...something striking, like a deep red...ooo...I guess the dark colors are avoided because they really show off the bird droppings, but it would be awfully cool looking...

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  My pick would be blue.  I like the fact that the bridge is made of two materials, sandstone and steel, and each is a different color.

 

  "But the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet favored a sandstone-colored tan as being more historic."

 

  I don't understand this historic argument. The bridge has gone through several reconstructions. When was it ever tan? Back when it was wood?

 

 

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well someone did a little photoshop work for the enquirer and i think the tan actually looks nice, there is still a nice contrast.  i also thought i remember hearing that it actually was tan at one point.  i like the green the best though.

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^ Here's a link to the Enquirer pictures to which I assume you are referring.  These are cool!  But "Reds Red" sure looks like pink to me...

 

Good ol' cincinnati-transit.net tells us that the bridge was originally painted brown (or "tan," presumably) and was painted blue in 1896, I guess in conjunction with the rebuilding of the deck.

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An unscientific survey of bridge walkers in 2002 found that verdigris, a bluish shade of green, was the favored color.

 

hahaha....

 

interviewer: sir, am i to assume that you feel verdigris is appropriate for the roebling?

walker: um, sure...

interviewer: verdigris it is!

 

 

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Personally, I like the mustard one.  It's actually refreshing.


"You don't just walk into a bar and mix it up by calling a girl fat" - buildingcincinnati speaking about new forumers

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I'd also love to see the Taylor-Southgate Bridge painted clear, thus rendering it invisible.

:lol:

Well I'd like to see it painted RAINBOW!

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Okay, I need to lay off the Photoshop for a while.

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Mustard refreshing???  That just shows how different opinions can be.  One yellow bridge is more than enough for me.  I still like the tan color (which is supposed to be close to the original color) far the best and verdigris, the color the bridge was before the current blue, would be my second choice.  I like the rainbow scheme for the Taylor Southgate bridge though it won't be painted again for another 20 years if the schedule for repainting the Roebling is any indication.

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I can see the Headlines now:

 

Phil Burress leads boycott of Bridge

 

After the rainbow painting of the Taylor Southgate bridge, Phil Buress has lead the campaign for people to stop driving across the Taylor Southgate bridge because the colors to closely resemble those of gay pride.

 

 

 

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Nice work indeed.  While I wouldn't be against the bridge being painted in rainbow colors, it would be a pain to blend and maintain.  It is some what disappointing to see the newest bridge of the downtown bridges being the lamest design.

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I actually find the Southgate bridge much more attractive than the Brent Spence, the Clay Wade Bailey, and the C&O.  At least it doesn't look like every other truss bridge out there.

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I guess its more the fact that the other truss bridges look so industrial, and the Southgate bridge actually looks like it was meant to be pleasing to the eye. Also, its a lot larger and more impressive because of it, at least in my opinion.

 

But to be honest, I don't really like any the truss bridges.  They are much cooler ways to cross a river.  I'm just hoping that when they finally do rebuild the Brent Spence that they put a landmark bridge in.  The new bridge that was built as part of the big dig would be very nice, but I dont think it has the capacity needed for the brent spence. 

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    The Taylor-Southgate bridge was specifically designed to preserve views:

 

    1. There are no high points or peaks to block the view of the Skyline from Newport. The bridge has a consistent cross section all the way across the river. Compare with the Brent Spence which has peaks at the piers.

 

    2. The structural truss work has been kept to a minimum to preserve views of drivers crossing the bridge. Compare with the L&N, aka Purple People bridge, which is full of intricate structural steel.

 

    I agree it doesn't look "bridgey." It sort of looks like a prefabricated design.

 

    The good points? Sidewalks! They actually connected the west sidewalk with the plaza level of the coloseum.

 

    Observers with an eye for detail may notice the handrails at the very top, as well as beneath the deck, to allow for easier access for maintenance.

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is there any new info on this? the poor bridge is looking horrible (i sit and look at it all day long, my faces out over the bridge)

 

i had heard a rumor that the fed was gonna step in and pay for it as part of a historic preservation project, that they wanted it fixed before it rusted to the point it would require even more repairs. and the way cincy and cvg are fubar'ing it up, it would fall into the river before they can fix it.

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River Rainbow

The Ohio River bridges are a colorful lot, and the star of them - the Suspension Bridge - may have a new hue next summer.

By Bob Driehaus, Cincinnati Post | May 14, 2004

 

The long-awaited repainting of the historic Roebling Suspension Bridge will begin in spring or summer of 2006, barring unforeseen budget problems.  That's the word from the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, which is charged with a massive painting job that is now expected to cost $7 million.  "We're fairly sure that the funding will be there for 2006. We should have adequate funds available for that project," said Tom Schomaker, the transportation cabinet's chief district engineer for Northern Kentucky's District 6.

 

Money will come out of the cabinet's bridge maintenance fund, and the Suspension Bridge paint job has moved near the top of the list, he said.  The transportation cabinet planned to paint the Roebling bridge in 1998 but delayed the work during Cincinnati's Fort Washington Way highway reconstruction. The paint has not deteriorated to the point that it's creating a safety hazard, state engineers concluded last year.

 

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