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Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Purple People Bridge to be closed after large stone falls from pier


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The Purple People Bridge is closing temporarily after a large stone fell and created a safety hazard, according to a tweet by the City of Cincinnati. 

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"A large stone fell out of the 1st pier in the Ohio River on the Newport Southbank Bridge (Purple People). This has loosened one of the stones directly underneath. The city is working with the Cincinnati Police Department to close the bridge for safety," the tweet read. 


It's not clear how long the closure is expected or whether or not the “Party on the Purple” series scheduled for Wednesday, May 12 will be affected. 

This story will be updated. 

UPDATE:

STATEMENT FROM NEWPORT SOUTHBANK BRIDGE COMPANY, RE: PARTY ON THE PURPLE                                                                                             

The Party Must Go On!
 
With the Purple People Bridge closed earlier today after a stone reportedly fell from a bridge pier into the Ohio River, Wednesday’s scheduled Party on the Purple will be moved to Newport’s Festival Park, the riverfront area between the Purple People and Taylor Southgate bridges.
 
The band the Whammies, drink booths and food trucks will be set up at Festival Park for the ‘80s themed party, which is scheduled to begin Wednesday at 6 p.m.
 
After a large stone reportedly fell from the Purple People Bridge into the Ohio River Tuesday afternoon, the Newport Southbank Bridge Company was informed by The Newport Police that the bridge will be temporarily closed to the public. Access will be restricted until a qualified structural engineer can review the structure and determine when it is safe for the public to return to the bridge. We will continue to work with the cities of Newport and Cincinnati on this evolving situation.

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