Taylor Southgate Bridge, Kentucky


Taylor Southgate Bridge
Spans Ohio River
Lanes 1×4
Total length 564 meters
Main span 259 meters
Bridge deck height ? meter
Opening 1995
Traffic intensity 9,700 mvt/day
Location Map

According to CITYPOPULATIONREVIEW.COM, the Taylor-Southgate Bridge is a truss bridge in the United States, located on the border of the states of Kentucky and Ohio. The bridge spans the Ohio River at Cincinnati.


The Taylor-Southgate Bridge is a steel truss bridge with a total length of 564 meters and a main span of 259 meters. It’s a simple design. The bridge has four lanes of US 27 and connects downtown Cincinnati to downtown Newport.


Central Bridge

The first bridge at this location was the Central Bridge, a 841-meter-long multi-span truss bridge. The largest span was 155 meters. The bridge opened to traffic in 1891 and was the second bridge over the Ohio River near Cincinnati, after the John A. Roebling Suspension Bridge. Both bridges had a separate function, the Roebling Bridge connected Cincinnati with Covington, while the Central Bridge connected Cincinnati with Newport. Both are historic downtown cities on the south bank of the Ohio River, across from Cincinnati. The Licking River separates Covington from Newport.

Taylor Southgate Bridge

The Central Bridge was in deteriorating condition and was too narrow for the amount of traffic, so it was decided to replace the bridge completely. The Central Bridge was demolished in 1992 before the new bridge was completed. The Taylor-Southgate Bridge was built in the first half of the 1990s, after which the bridge was opened in 1995. In the meantime, local traffic was still possible on the Newport Southbank Bridge, a combined rail/road bridge 350 meters upstream. Both bridges were still in use for motorized traffic between 1995 and 2001, but the Newport Southbank Bridge was closed to motor traffic afterwards.

The Taylor–Southgate Bridge design has been criticized as dull for a city bridge that is an important part of the skyline. It was hoped for a more elegant design. In addition, the ornaments and a placard of the old bridge have been placed on the new one, suggesting that the bridge is much older than it actually is.


The bridge is named after two people, James Taylor, Jr. (1769-1848) and Richard Southgate (1774-1857) two early residents of Newport, Kentucky. Taylor was the founder of Newport, Southgate was a senator.

Traffic intensities

Every day, 9,700 vehicles use the bridge, which is lightly used for a city bridge.

Western Kentucky Parkway

World Cup 9001
Get started Eddyville
End Elizabethtown
Length 137 mi
Length 220 km
14 Eddyville

12 Princeton

13 Princeton

24 Dawson Springs

38 Pennyrile Parkway

48 Graham

53 Greenville

58 Central City

75 Beaver Dam

77 Natcher Parkway

94 Caneyville

107 Leitchfield

112 Clarkson

124 White Mills

136 Elizabethtown


According to ASK4BEAUTY, the Wendell H. Ford Western Kentucky Parkway is a parkway in the U.S. state of Kentucky. The highway forms an east-west route through the west of the state, running from Interstate 24 at Eddyville to Interstate 65 at Elizabethtown. The highway is 220 kilometers long.

Travel directions

The highway branches off Interstate 24 at Eddyville, then heads east. The highway has 2×2 lanes and runs through a hilly area. US 62 runs parallel to the highway. The area is regularly wooded, but there are no larger towns on the route. After 55 kilometers you cross the Pennyrile Parkway, the highway from Hopkinsville to Evansville in Indiana. The area then becomes a bit more hilly with shallow river valleys. Beaver Dam crosses the Natcher Parkway, the highway from Bowling Green to Owensboro, two regional towns. The Parkway then continues through a fairly sparsely populated area. At Elizabethtown, the parkway ends at Interstate 65, thehighway from Nashville to Louisville.


The highway was built in the 1960s as a toll road, like all parkways in Kentucky. The original route was a 120-mile toll road from Elizabethtown to Princeton, built between 1961 and 1963 and opened in December 1963. A further short extension to I-24 at Eddyville was then constructed, a six-mile section that opened in 1968. When the construction costs were paid, the toll had to be lifted, this happened in 1987.

In more recent years, several Interstate Highways have been introduced over existing parkways in Kentucky. Beginning in 2006, the westernmost portion of the parkway became part of Interstate 69, from Eddyville to Nortonville, where I-69 exited and followed the Pennyrile Parkway north. Subsequently, the intersecting Natcher Parkway became I-165. After that, it was decided to call the 63-kilometer section between the Pennyrile Parkway and the Natcher Parkway Interstate 569. Parts of the route must be converted according to the design requirements for Interstate Highways.

Traffic intensities

In 2010, 9,000 vehicles drove east of I-24 at Eddyville daily, dropping to 8,300 vehicles east. 10,000 vehicles west of the Pennyrile Parkway, 13,000 vehicles east of it. West of the Natcher Parkway, 11,700 vehicles and 7,600 vehicles drove. This rises again to 11,900 vehicles west of Elizabethtown and 26,400 vehicles just off I-65 in Elizabethtown.

Western Kentucky Parkway