May 13 2008

Overall, this wasn't one of the more notable Roads Scholarings of the era, but it shall suffice!

The Purple People Bridge disallows "shoeless persons." But, as you can see, I defied this Allowed Cloud in plain sight! Officially called the Newport Southbank Bridge, this span first opened in 1872. After several years of closure, it was reopened in 2003 as a pedestrian and bike span.

North on (ppphh!) Gas Alley in Cincinnati. The brick-paved alley runs from Mehring Way to Pete Rose Way. The building straight ahead is the historic Longworth Hall, a quarter-mile-long structure built in 1904.

From Mehring Way, this is a rail line that goes under another rail line. What I was really interested in is further ahead where the track goes under part of the floodwall.

West on the sidewalk along the 6th Street freeway. On the right is the building that's now familiar to me as a fan of the secret bridge that runs under the Waldvogel Viaduct. The 6th Street Expressway (as it's officially called) carries US 50 and opened in 1964.

From the same sidewalk, this is a rail bridge over Mill Creek. This span is just north of the celebrated secret bridge that was built in 1918, and notice how this rail line makes a gap in the floodwall. In the background you can see the rear of Union Terminal.

This is north on the long-abandoned part of Maryland Avenue from US 50 (River Road). The bridge you can barely see in the background is for a ramp off the Waldvogel Viaduct that goes over a remaining portion of Maryland Avenue.

From the old Maryland Avenue, this is west on US 50. Long known as River Road, it was called 6th Street on a map from the 1910s.

Downhill on Ansonia Avenue, looking towards US 50. This is so steep that the sidewalk is really a set of steps.

This set of public steps is marked on some maps as part of Ansonia Avenue (though there's no accompanying road). This is looking down from Elberon Avenue.

I'm not exactly sure where this is, but it almost has to be on Gabriel Avenue, overlooking some older houses. See the Ohio River in the background.

Downhill from Gabriel Avenue on the steps that link Mount Hope Avenue. (Peter Gabriel is cool.)

An empty field, from US 50 & Southside Avenue. I photographed this because the real estate sign indicates that it's endangered.

Whaddya know? It's the ol' Fif again! This is west on US 50, focusing on what looks like an abandoned gas station on the right-hand side of the road (across from the Speedway station).

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