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Suspension

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A suspension bridge uses a heavy cable anchored at each end of the span. This cable passes over two towers. The deck is supported by numerous vertical, or nearly vertical, suspender cables or rods between the main cable and the deck. The load is both compression on the tower and tension on the anchor.

A simple suspension bridge differs in that the deck follows the curve of the main cable and there are no

A suspension bridge can be confused with a cable-stayed bridge since the both have towers and lots of cables to support the deck. However, the cable stayed does not need an anchor, and the deck support cables are sloped and go from the deck directly to the tower.


35th Street Pedestrian Bridge (new) (Cook County, Illinois)
Built 2016
Self-anchored suspension bridge over Metra Electric Line, South Shore Railroad, Canadian National Railway, South Lake Shore Drive (US 41), and Lakefront Trail, on pedestrian pathway that is an extention of the 35th Street sidewalks
Open to pedestrians only

7th Street Bridge (Allegheny County, Pennsylvania)
Built 1884; replaced 1926
Lost Wire suspension bridge over Allegheny River on 7th Street
Replaced by a new bridge

Abandoned Elk River Bridge North of Dorfee (Clay County, West Virginia)
Wire suspension bridge over Elk River on Footpath


Alfred Zampa Bridge (Contra Costa County, California)
Built 2003
Wire suspension bridge over Carquinez Strait and railroad on Highway I-80 westbound
Open to traffic

Allen Street Bridge (Old) (Cowlitz County, Washington)
Built 1906, Collapsed 1923
Lost Wire suspension bridge over Cowlitz River on Allen Street in Kelso
Collapsed

Alsip Tank Farm Bridges (Cook County, Illinois)
Set of 4 wire suspension bridges over Cal Sag Canal on Petroleum Pipline
In active use

Ambassador Bridge (Wayne County, Michigan)
Built 1927-1928; New Plaza 2008
Wire suspension bridge over Detroit River on US I-96 and Canada 3 in Windsor, Ontario Canada and Detroit
Open to traffic

Androscoggin Swinging Bridge (Cumberland County, Maine)
Built 1892 by John A. Roebling Sons Co.; Towers replaced 1916; Rebuilt 1936 by WPA following a flood; Rehabilitated 2006
Suspension bridge over Androscoggin River on Pedestrian Path in Brunswick and Topsham
Open to pedestrians

Animas River Trail Suspension Bridge (La Plata County, Colorado)
Wire suspension bridge over Animas River on Trail
Open to pedestrians only

Anthony Wayne Bridge (Lucas County, Ohio)
Built 1931 by the McClintic-Marshall Co.; rehabilitated 1961 & 2016/17
Suspension bridge over Maumee River on OH 2 in Toledo
Open to traffic

Antlers City Park Swing Bridge (Pushmataha County, Oklahoma)
Abandoned wire suspension bridge over unnamed creek on Pedestrian traffic
Abandoned

Aroostook Riders ATV Club Suspension Bridge (Aroostook County, Maine)
Built 2007
Wire suspension bridge over Meduxnekeag River on ATV / snowmobile trail
Open to ATV, snowmobile, and foot traffic

Arroyo Grande Swinging Bridge (San Luis Obispo County, California)
Built in 1995 to replace a similar bridge (from 1875) that was damaged in a storm
Wire suspension bridge over Arroyo Grande Creek on Footpath
Open to pedestrians only

Associated Oil Company Pipeline Suspension Bridge (Monterey County, California)
Built 1911
Lost Wire suspension bridge over Salinas River on Pipeline
Removed but not replaced

Atwood Park Suspension Footbridge (Winnebago County, Illinois)
Wire suspension bridge over Kishwaukee River on Seth Atwood Park Pedestrian Walkway
Open to pedestrians

Avery Bridge (Benton County, Missouri)
Built 1909; removed 1978
Lost suspension bridge over Pomme de Terre River, southwest of Fristoe
No longer exists

Bancroft Falls Bridge (Old) (Franklin County, Vermont)
Built 1888 by the Berlin Iron Bridge Co.; destroyed by the Great Flood of 1927
Lost Wire suspension bridge over Missisquoi River on Unknown Dirt road
Destroyed by flooding

Baring Bridge (King County, Washington)
Built 1953
Suspension bridge over South Fork Skykomish River on NE Index Creek Road in Baring
Open to traffic

Barryville-Shohola Suspension Bridge (Pike County, Pennsylvania)
Built 1854; Damaged by severe wind storm 1859; Cables snapped 1865; Repaired & rehabilitated 1866; Replaced 1941
Lost Wire suspension bridge over Deleware River on SR434
Replaced by a new bridge

Batavia Clark Island Suspension Bridge (Kane County, Illinois)
Suspension Bridge on bike trail
Wire suspension bridge over Fox River on bike trail in Batavia
Open to pedestrians

Bear Mountain Bridge (Rockland County, New York)
Built 1924; rehabilitated 1977
Suspension bridge over Hudson River on US 6 and US 202 in West Point
Open to traffic

Beaver Bridge (Carroll County, Arkansas)
Built 1949 by the Pioneer Construction Co. of Malvern, Arkansas
Suspension bridge over White River (Table Rock Reservoir) on AR 187 at Beaver, northwest of Eureka Springs
Open to one-lane traffic with a 10 ton weight limit

Beebe Bridge (Old) (Chelan County, Washington)
Built 1919; Removed 1963
Lost Wire suspension bridge over Columbia River on Flume/Road
Replaced by a new bridge

Belle Isle Pedestrian Bridge (Richmond, Virginia)
Built 1991
Suspension bridge over James River on pedestrian and bicycle pathway
Open to pedestrians only

Benjamin Franklin Bridge (Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania)
Built 1926; rehabilitated 1984
Suspension bridge over Delaware River on I-676/US 30 in Philadelphia
Open to traffic

Bennett Branch Sinnemahoning Creek Swinging Suspension Footbridge (Cameron County, Pennsylvania)
Wire suspension bridge over Bennett Branch Sinnemahoning Creek on pedestrian traffic
Open to pedestrians only

Bennett Branch Sinnemahoning Creek Swinging Suspension Footbridges (Elk County, Pennsylvania)
Wire suspension bridge over Bennett Branch Sinnemahoning Creek on pedestrian pathways
Open to pedestrians only

Benton MacKaye Trail Toccoa River Bridge (Fannin County, Georgia)
Built 1977
Wire suspension bridge over Toccoa River on Benton MacKaye Train
Open to pedestrians

Beveridge Bridge (San Saba County, Texas)
Built 1896 by Flinn-Moyer Bridge Co.; reconstructed 1938 by Austin Bridge Co.; closed to all traffic 2004; historic restoration 2005-2009 by Texas Department of Transportation, reopened for pedestrian use.
Suspension bridge over San Saba River on CR 200
Historic restoration completed February, 2009, reopened for pedestrian use only.

Bidwell Bar Bridge (Butte County, California)
Built 1965
Suspension bridge over Middle Fork Feather River on CA 162 in Oroville East
Open to traffic

Bidwell Bar Suspension Bridge (original 1856 bridge) (Butte County, California)
Built 1856 using materials transported from Troy, NY; closed to traffic in 1954; relocated 1967
Relocated suspension bridge formerly over Feather River
Open to pedestrians

Big Coal River Pedestrian Suspension Bridge (Kanawha County, West Virginia)
Built 1920 by Oregonia Bridge Company to serve along with little Coal River Pedestrian Bridge and link three land masses together in a coal mining community
Wire suspension footbridge over the Big Coal River and CR 15/9
Intact but closed to all traffic

Big M Pedestrian Bridge (Hennepin County, Minnesota)
1949 at Bierman Field and 5th Street NE; Relocated to this site in 1995; Rehabilitated in 2008
Wire suspension bridge over BNSF RR on Pedestrian Walkway
Open to pedestrians

Big Rock Forest Preserve Bridge (Kane County, Illinois)
Built in 2005
Suspension bridge over Big Rock Creek on Pedestrian Trail
Open to pedestrians

Bob Mac's Crossing (Henderson County, Texas)
Built 2003
Wire suspension bridge on Trail
Open to pedestrians

Boeckman Bridge (Miller County, Missouri)
Built 1926 by Joseph Dice; rehabilitated 1976; replaced 2002-03
Lost swinging bridge over Tavern Creek on Boeckman Bridge Road (CR 52-54A) southeast of St. Elizabeth
Replaced by a concrete bridge

Boldman Bridge (Pike County, Kentucky)
Built Circa 1935; replaced by new bridge 1983
Lost wire suspension bridge over Big Sandy River on Kentucky Route 1364 in Pikeville
Replaced by new bridge

Boston Public Garden Bridge (Suffolk County, Massachusetts)
Built 1867. Suspension rendered decorative with addition of girders in 1921.
Eyebar suspension bridge over Park Lagoon on Pedestrian Walkway
Open to pedestrians

Bowl & Pitcher Bridge (Spokane County, Washington)
Built 1941 by the Civilian Conservation Corps
Wire suspension bridge over Spokane River on a trail at Riverside State Park
Open to pedestrians

Brandywine Park Swinging Bridge (New Castle County, Delaware)
Built 1909
Wire suspension bridge over Brandywine Creek on Pedestrian path
Open to pedestrians only

Branstetter Swinging Bridge (Benton County, Missouri)
Built 1924 for $8,500
Lost swinging bridge over Osage River, southwest of Warsaw
No longer exists

Bridge Street Footbridge (Pinal County, Arizona)
Wire suspension bridge over Queen Creek
Open to pedestrians only

Bridges of Moore Park (Val Verde County, Texas)
park was created in 1930 actual bridge build dates are unknown at this time
several bridges including suspension and deck arches over East and West branches of San Felipe Creek on Pedestrians
Open to pedestrians only

Bronx Whitestone Bridge (Bronx County, New York)
Opened to traffic April 29, 1939
Suspension bridge over East River on I-678 in New York
Open to six lanes of traffic

Brooklyn Bridge (Kings County, New York)
Opened to traffic May 24, 1883
Suspension bridge over East River between Manhattan and Brooklyn in New York
Open to traffic

Brookside Park Suspension Bridge (Story County, Iowa)
Destroyed by flooding in May, 2008, Replaced by a MOB in 2009
Lost Wire suspension bridge over Squaw Creek in Ames
Destroyed by flooding in May, 2008.

Brown's Park Bridge (Moffat County, Colorado)
Built 1954; rehabilitated 1991
Suspension bridge over Green River on CR 83
Open to traffic

Bryan's Crossing Bridge (Benton County, Missouri)
Built 1937 by Joseph Dice; destroyed by the creation of Truman Reservoir
Lost swinging bridge over South Grand River
No longer exists

Buchanan Swinging / Suspension Footbridge (Botetourt County, Virginia)
Stone supports built 1851
Bridge over James River on Pedestrian Walkway
Open to pedestrians only

Buechter Bridge (Miller County, Missouri)
Built ca. 1925 by Joseph Dice; replaced 2011
Lost Swinging bridge over Tavern Creek on Buechter Bridge Road (CR A-16) southwest of St. Anthony
Demolished November 1, 2011

Bull Creek Road Bridge (Mariposa County, California)
Wire suspension bridge over Merced River on Bull Creek Road
Open to traffic

Burr Bridge (Schenectady County, New York)
Built 1809; Replace 1871
Lost Covered Burr arch-cable suspension bridge over Mohawk River on Washington Avenue
Replaced by a new bridge

Byram Swinging Bridge (Hinds County, Mississippi)
Built 1905 by W.H. Groome Son; Bypassed by new bridge in 1989
Wire suspension bridge over Pearl River
Open to pedestrians

Caddo Gap Swinging Bridge (Montgomery County, Arkansas)
Derelict swinging footbridge over Caddo River in Caddo Gap
Derelict

Calico Rock Bridge (Izard County, Arkansas)
Abandoned in 1989
Derelict swinging footbridge in Calico Rock
Derelict

Cameron Suspension Bridge (Coconino County, Arizona)
Built 1911; bypassed 1959
Wire suspension bridge over Little Colorado River on US 89
Closed to all traffic, it is fenced off on each side of the bridge Carries pipeline / conduit

Camp Sherman Suspension Bridge (Ross County, Ohio)
Built 1919
Lost Wire suspension bridge over Scioto River on Walkway
Removed but not replaced

Canyon Creek Road Bridge (Siskiyou County, California)
Built 1938, rehabilitated 1998
Suspension bridge over Scott River on Canyon Creek Road
Open to traffic

Catalpa Swinging Bridge (Johnson County, Arkansas)
Washed out 2014; Rebuilt; Washed out 2017
Suspension footbridge over Mulberry River
Destroyed by flooding

Catwalk Trail Suspension Bridge (Catron County, New Mexico)
Built 1930
Suspension bridge over Whitewater Creek on Catwalk Trail
Open to pedestrians only

Cedar Rapids Country Club Suspension Bridge (Linn County, Iowa)
Wire suspension bridge over Indian Creek on Golf Path
Open to traffic

Chain Bridge (Old) (Essex County, Massachusetts)
Built 1810; replaced 1909
Lost Wire suspension bridge over Merrimack River on Main Street/Trolley
Replaced by a new bridge

Change Bridge (Northampton County, Pennsylvania)
Built 1856-1857
Abandoned suspension bridge over Lehigh River on Hugh Moore Parkway
Derelict/abandoned

Charles City Suspension Bridge (Floyd County, Iowa)
Built 1906; destroyed by flash flooding on June 8, 2008
Suspension bridge over Cedar River on a pedestrian trail at the end of Clark Street in Charles City
Destroyed by flash flood; Removed from NRHS on 01/08/2009; new cable-stayed suspension bridge open on 25 October, 2010

Chautauqua Park Swinging Bridge #1 (Livingston County, Illinois)
Built 1898 by the Joliet Bridge and Iron Co.
Wire suspension bridge over Vermillion River on a pedestrian path in Chautauqua Park
Open to pedestrians

Chautauqua Park Swinging Bridge #2 (Livingston County, Illinois)
Built ca. 1926
Wire suspension bridge over Vermillion River on a pedestrian path in Chautauqua Park
Open to pedestrians

Cheoah River Footbridge (Graham County, North Carolina)
Wire suspension bridge over Cheoah River on footpath
Open to pedestrians

Chesapeake Bay Bridge (Anne Arundel County, Maryland)
Original two-lane spans with through-truss suspension bridge and regular cantilever design built 1949-52 and opened 1952; second three-lane span with deck suspension and arched cantilever opened 1973; rehabilitated 1988
Pair of suspension and cantilever truss bridges over Chesapeake Bay on US 50
Open to traffic

Chevron Spokane River Pipeline Bridge (Spokane County, Washington)
Wire suspension bridge over Spokane River on Chevron petroleum pipeline
Open to traffic

Chicago Basin Trail Suspension Bridge (La Plata County, Colorado)
Built 2008, replacing a suspension bridge that had become unstable due to age, repeated floods and general deterioration. Thought to be the third bridge at this site.
Wire suspension bridge over Animas River on Chicago Basin Trail
Open to pedestrians only

Choctaw Creek Bridge (Grayson County, Texas)
Built 1915
Abandoned wire suspension bridge over Choctaw Creek on Abandoned road
Abandoned

Cimarron River Suspension Bridge (Payne County, Oklahoma)
Built 1909
Lost Wire suspension bridge over Cimmaron River in Ripley
Lost

Clarksville Suspension Footbridge (Washington County, Pennsylvania)
Abandoned wire suspension bridge over Ten Mile Creek on pedestrian pathway
Derelict/abandoned

Clear Creek Swinging Bridge (Marion County, Arkansas)
Built 1940 by the Works Progress Administration; rehabilitated 1967; replaced 1975
Lost suspension bridge over Clear Creek on AR 125
Replaced by a modern bridge

Clinchport Swinging / Suspension Footbridge (Scott County, Virginia)
Wire suspension bridge over Clinch River on Foot Traffic in Clinchport
Open to pedestrians

Connellsville Suspension Bridge (Fayette County, Pennsylvania)
Built 1861; Replaced 1905
Lost Suspension bridge over Youghiogheny River on Crawford Avenue
Replaced by a new bridge

Cook Forest State Park Suspension Footbridge (Clarion County, Pennsylvania)
Wire suspension bridge over Toms Run on trail
Open to pedestrians only

Corbett Road Bridge (Delaware County, New York)
Built 1926; rehabilitated 1994
Suspension bridge over East Branch Delaware River on Corbett Road
Open to traffic

Corbin Bridge (Huntingdon County, Pennsylvania)
Built 1937; rehabilitated 1996
Suspension bridge over Raystown Branch Juniata River on TR 428
Open to traffic

Cossatot River Swinging Footbridge (Polk County, Arkansas)
Bridge over Cossatot River
Open to pedestrians only

Country Club Suspension bridge (Cass County, Indiana)
Built to connect the Logansport Country Club with the Ft. Wayne and Wabash Valley Interurban line, perhaps Wabash Railroad as well
Lost Wire suspension bridge over Wabash River on Walkway bridge for Golfing club
Destroyed by flood

County Line Bridge (Henry County, Missouri)
Built 1912 by Joseph Dice
Lost suspension bridge over Osage River
No longer exists

Creekside Tail - Suspension Bridge (Addison County, Vermont)
Built 1998
Wire suspension bridge over Lewis Creek on Creekside Trail Pedestrian path
Open to pedestrians only

Croswell Suspension Bridge (Sanilac County, Michigan)
Wire suspension bridge over Black River on Pedestrian Path
Open to pedestrians only

Curran Suspension Bridge (Grafton County, New Hampshire)
Built 1939
Wire suspension bridge over Ammonoosuc River on Footpath
Open to pedestrians only

Dalton Suspension Bridge (Victoria County, Texas)
Abandoned wire suspension bridge over Guadalupe River
Abandoned

Deer Isle-Sedgwick Bridge (Hancock County, Maine)
Built 1939
Suspension bridge over Eggemoggin Reach on ME 15 in Deer Isle
Open to traffic

Delaware Aqueduct (Pike County, Pennsylvania)
Built 1848 by John A. Roebling to carry the Delaware & Hudson Canal; later converted for highway traffic; rehabilitated 1985
Suspension bridge over Delaware River on the former Delaware & Hudson Canal
Open to one-lane traffic

Delaware Memorial Bridge (New Castle County, Delaware)
Built as an almost identical twin to the 1951 Delaware Memorial Bridge that carries northbound traffic
Wire suspension bridge over Delaware River on I-295/US 40
Open to traffic

Delaware River Memorial Bridge (New Castle County, Delaware)
Built 1951; rehabilitated 1970
Suspension bridge over Delaware River on I-295 N & US 40 E
Open to traffic

Dent Bridge (Clearwater County, Idaho)
Built 1971
Suspension bridge over North Fork Clearwater River on STC 4783
Open to traffic

Des Arc Swinging Bridge (Prairie County, Arkansas)
Built 1940-41; Removed in 1970
Lost swinging bridge over White River on AR 38 at Des Arc
No longer exists

DeSoto Swinging Bridge (Jefferson County, Missouri)
Lost swinging footbridge over Joachim Creek in DeSoto
No longer exists

Dewey Bridge (Grand County, Utah)
Built 1915-16 by the Midland Bridge Co.; wood portions destroyed by fire on April 6, 2008
wire suspension bridge over Colorado River on UT 128
Wood portions Destroyed by fire on April 6, 2008

Drake Camp Bridge (Vermilion County, Illinois)
Suspension bridge over Salt Fork Vermilion River on a pedestrian trail
Open to Boy Scouts

Dresden Suspension Bridge (Muskingum County, Ohio)
Built 1914 by the Bellefontaine Bridge & Steel Co.
Suspension bridge over Muskingum River on OH 208 in Dresden
Bypassed and closed to all traffic

Dresden Suspension Bridge (OLD) (Muskingum County, Ohio)
Lost Wire suspension bridge over Muskingum River on Muskingum Ave
Replaced by a new bridge

Drift Creek Falls Suspension Bridge (Lincoln County, Oregon)
Built 1997
Wire suspension bridge over Drift Creek on Drift Creek Falls Trail 1378
Open to pedestrians only

Duck Run Cable Suspension Bridge (Gilmer County, West Virginia)
Built 1922; Bypassed 1993
Abandoned wire suspension bridge over Little Kanawha River on County Route 30
Abandoned

Ecklon Bridge (Sacramento County, California)
Built 1862 to replace an earlier suspension bridge, collasped in 1892
Lost Wire suspension bridge over American River in Folsom
Collapsed