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An interesting story involving "recycling" of material here. In the 1830's prior to the growth of railroads, canal building was a major effort to get goods to markets in England and here in the eastern United States. A consortium was formed in Kentucky in this period with the goal of making the Licking river (the third longest north flowing river in the world - a grand 75 miles or therabouts) and turn it into a canal, so goods could be moved from deep into Kentucky to the Ohio River for distribution to Cincinnati or even further up and down the Ohio River. At that time, the point that the Licking entered the Ohio was actually a small waterfall(about 8-10 feet to the normal level of the Ohio which varied greatly as this as before the Markland dam created its more or less current day pool of about 28 feet at Cincinnati) where it fell into the Ohio river, so a channel was blasted out and seven dams with locks were orginally projected to let canal boats come from Falmouth Kentucky up to the Ohio. Three of dam were completed, one of which was fitted with gates for the locks, Four others were in various stages of completion when an economic bust hit in 1836. The consortium was out of money. The one dam fitted with gates was left with gates wide open and the entire project was abandoned.

The stone in the immediate area is not suitable for heavy construction. So all the stone that was used to build the dams was brought down river from West Virginia. 30 years later, When Shinkle and company began building the bridge towers, it made sense to use the abandonded dams as a source for stone at least for the interior portions of the towers and shoreside footings, so the dams were dismantled and the stone "recycled"

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That's interesting. Do you have citations? Why not put it in the main article page? --Tysto 06:29, 2005 Apr 28 (UTC)

I would like to suggest this sentence be inserted as the third sentence of the introductory paragraph of the main article, but I don't see an "edit" button that will let me do it myself. "The bridge, which has carried wagons and streetcars in the past, now carries motor vehicles that weight less than 11 tons and pedestrians."(From the way the article now stands, it's not at all clear that it carries anything other than pedestrians.) LankyYankee (talk) 16:21, 5 May 2017 (UTC)[reply]

Ohio River vehicular bridges in Cincinnati[edit]

Hi all, this section is redundant with the article List of crossings of the Ohio River. I propose removing this section (also from the other two articles that have it) and replacing it with a see also section pointing to the list of Ohio crossings. The recent addition of the crossings navbox gives the ability to navigate locally, using a standard scheme which is used extensively for other bridges in the area. Let me know what you think. Robshill 18:20, 20 April 2006 (UTC)[reply]

Difference in piers (in and out of water)[edit]

In the 1870 picture, the bridge piers are on land. By 1907 the river banks have receded. And the modern picture shows the piers completely in water. Was this notable change in geography taken into account when the bridge was built? Erosion seems to have been quite pronounced. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 10:55, 24 May 2011 (UTC)[reply]

That is an excellent observation and question. The 1870 photo shows the Ohio River at a fairly good level, which probably indicates that the image was made in mid- or early-Summer (note the short shadows from the awning in the right foreground). Prior to the construction of dams on the river, it was known to be reduced to just its main channel, making river transportation almost impossible in some places. The 1907 photo shows the river to be rather high (still before the 1910 dam projects, which weren't completed until 1929), indicating that the photo was probably made in Spring; the Island Queen was an excursion boat and it would seem unlikely that it would be heading up to Coney Island in late fall or early winter (times that the area gets significant rainfall). In more recent photos, the inundation of the bridge's piers is the result of the Ohio River dams, which created a series of pools between the locks and dams to enable year-round navigation. Hope this helps answer your question. Spacini (talk) 12:46, 24 May 2011 (UTC)[reply]

Clifford Zink book[edit]

That appears to cross the line into WP:SPS TEDickey (talk)

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Greetings. There are issues with a large amount of unsourced content in a B-class article. However, I arrived here because of "External links" bloat that possibly someone can address.
There are ten entries in the "External links". Three seems to be an acceptable number and of course, everyone has their favorite to add for four. The problem is that none is needed for article promotion.
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The Roebling Bridge has been subject to threats and damage.

On September 13, 2023, the John A. Roebling Suspension Bridge was closed due to a bomb threat as well as all river traffic near it. The threat was made seeking $400,000 or everyone would die according to the dispatchers. There were further threats to police, which is alarming considering this occurred 2 days after 9/11. (https://www.cincinnati.com/story/news/2023/09/13/john-a-roebling-suspension-bridge-closed-due-to-bomb-threat/70839935007/) (talk) 12:22, 13 September 2023 (UTC)[reply]