The C. N. O. & T. P. Bridge

The Covington Automobile Club has obtained another important concession, receiving word yesterday [from] the Cincinnati, New Orleans and Texas Pacific Railway Company, had issued the necessary orders to proceed in conjunction with the Kentucky Highway Department in building a new concrete bridge to span the railroad crossing of the Dixie Highway, south of Walton, Ky.

The wooden bridge at this point, owned by the railroad, built at right angles to the Dixie Highway more than 50 years ago, has been the scene of fatal accidents when automobiles failed to make the turn to enter the bridge.  The new bridge will span the tracks at along angle with the highway.

The Automobile Club made many efforts in the past two years to have the old bridge replaced with a new concrete structure, but the matter of a new bridge has been held in abeyance for many months because the railroad declined to join in the construction.

The Highway Commission awarded a contract early last spring for building the bridge at an equal cost to the state and railroad company.  When the contractor appeared on the scene for work the railroad company refused to allow him to enter upon its right of way.

Condemnation proceedings were then begun in Boone County to obtain the right to build the bridge.  At this stage the Covington Auto Club took up the matter direct with the railroad officials and invited the Cincinnati Chamber of Commerce, Cincinnati Auto Club, Lexington Auto Club and other organizations to co-operate in a joint effort to induce the railroad to join in building a new bridge.

Officers of the Covington Auto Club were elated over the good news coming from the railroad company, thus avoiding what promised to be a long and stubborn fight.  The new bridge will complete the only missing link in the Dixie Highway between Covington and Williamstown, Kentucky.


from the October 1927 issue of Motour: The Magazine of the Cincinnati Automobile Club. The bridge belonged to the C. N. O. & T.P.: the Cincinnati, New Orleans, and Texas Pacific, later the Southern Railway, now the Norfolk southern.