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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.


Goose Creek Swinging Bridge (Clay County, Kentucky)
Built 1948?
Suspension bridge over Goose Creek on Walkway
Open to pedestrians only

Gorge Powerhouse Suspension Footbridge (Whatcom County, Washington)
Wire suspension bridge over Skagit River on pedestrian pathway
Open to pedestrians only

Graham's Forge Footbridge (Wythe County, Virginia)
Pedestrian suspension bridge over Reed Creek
Open to pedestrians only

Grand Auglaize Swinging Bridge (Miller County, Missouri)
Built 1922 by Joseph Dice
Suspension bridge over Grand Auglaize Creek on Swinging Bridges Road (Lake Road 42-18) southwest of Brumley
Open to traffic

Grand Avenue Suspension Bridge (St. Louis, Missouri)
Built 1891 by the King Bridge Co.; replaced in 1959 by the Grand Avenue Viaduct
Lost suspension bridge over Mill Creek Valley on Grand Avenue
Replaced as part of an "urban renewal project"

Grand Tower Pipeline Bridge (Jackson County, Illinois)
Built 1955
Pipeline suspension bridge over the Mississippi River at Grand Tower
Still carries natural gas

Granite Falls Walking Bridge (Yellow Medicine County, Minnesota)
Built 1935 by the Roebling Co.; damaged by flooding in 1969, 1997 and 2001
Suspension footbridge over Minnesota River at 8th Avenue in Granite Falls
Open to pedestrians

Great Western Sugar Company Bridge (Larimer County, Colorado)
Built 1926
Suspension bridge over Poudre River
Abandoned; Possible future use as a pedestrian crossing

Green Mountain Roamers Gateway Snowmobile Bridge (Washington County, Vermont)
Built 1994
Wire suspension bridge over Winooski River on snowmobile pathway
Open

Green River Gorge Bridge (King County, Washington)
Wire suspension bridge over Green River on Pipeline
Unknown status

Greenbrier Suspension Footbridge (Pocahontas County, West Virginia)
Built 1994
Wire suspension bridge over Greenbrier River on Hosterman Trail
Open to pedestrians only

Griffith Cowpasture River Swinging / Suspension Footbridge (Alleghany County, Virginia)
Wire suspension footbridge over Cowpasture River on pedestrian pathway


Griffith Pads Creek Swinging / Suspension Footbridge (Alleghany County, Virginia)
Wire suspension footbridge over Pads Creek on pedestrian pathway
Open to pedestrians only

Gulkana Glacier Trail Suspension Footbridge (Valdez-Cordova Census Area, Alaska)
Wire suspension bridge over Gulkana River on pedestrian pathway
Open to pedestrians only

Guy A West Bridge (Sacramento County, California)
Built 1968
Wire suspension bridge over American River on American River Bike Trail
Open to pedestrians

Guyandotte River Bridge (Lincoln County, West Virginia)
Abandoned wire suspension bridge over Guyandotte River on Unknown Road
Derelict/abandoned

H. Wallace Caldwell Memorial Bridge (Cook County, Illinois)
Built in 1940; Refurbished in 2002 by Kovilik Constr
Wire suspension bridge over Des Plaines River on Pedestrian Trail
Open to pedestrians

Haggard's Ford Swinging Bridge (Boone County, Arkansas)
Built 1939-41 by the Works Progress Administration; rehabilitated 1977
Swinging bridge over Bear Creek next to Cottonwood Road
Open to pedestrians only

Hal Adams Bridge (Lafayette County, Florida)
Built 1947
Suspension bridge over Suwannee River on FL 51
Open to traffic

Halls Ford Swinging / Suspension Footbridge (Swain County, North Carolina)
Wire/cable suspension footbridge over Little Tennessee River on pedestrian pathway
Open to pedestrians only

Hamilton Street Bridge (1st) (Lehigh County, Pennsylvania)
Built 1814; Destroyed by flooding 1841
Lost Eyebar suspension bridge over Lehigh River on Hamilton Street
Destroyed by flooding & replaced

Hamrick Vicinity #2 Swinging / Suspension Footbridge (Yancey County, North Carolina)
Wire suspension footbridge over South Toe River on pedestrian pathway
Open to pedestrians only

Hamrick Vicinity Swinging / Suspension Footbridge (Yancey County, North Carolina)
Wire suspension footbridge over South Toe River on pedestrian pathway
Open to pedestrians only

Hanapepe Swinging Bridge (Kauai County, Hawaii)
Built in 1911, extensively rebuilt after Hurricane Iniki in 1992
Wire suspension bridge over Hanapepe River on Footpath
Open to pedestrians

Hancock Bridge (OLD) (Delaware County, New York)
Lost Wire suspension bridge over Delaware River
No longer exists

Hardwick 'Swinging' Footbridge (Caledonia County, Vermont)
Suspension bridge over Lamoille River on pedestrian trail
Open to pedestrians only

Harmon Swinging Bridge (Boone County, Arkansas)
Built 1940 by the WPA; damaged by flash floooding in 1961 and then dismantled
Lost wire suspension bridge over Crooked Creek somewhere near Harmon
No longer exists

Hastings Extraction Plant Suspension Footbridge (Wetzel County, West Virginia)
Wire suspension bridge over South Fork Fishing Creek on pedestrian pathway
Open to pedestrians only

Hayfork Suspension Footbridge (Trinity County, California)
Wire suspension bridge over Hayfork Creek on pedestrian pathway
Open to pedestrians only

Heath Ford Bridge (Benton County, Missouri)
Built 1908 by Joseph Dice for $5,820
Lost swinging bridge over Osage River, on what is now MO 7 west of Warsaw
No longer exists

Hennepin Avenue Bridge (Hennepin County, Minnesota)
Built 1990, replacing a steel arch bridge
Modern suspension bridge over the Mississippi River (West Channel) on Hennepin Avenue at Nicollet Island in Minneapolis
Open to six lanes of traffic

Hennepin Avenue Suspension Bridge (1st) (Hennepin County, Minnesota)
Built 1854-55 by engineer Thomas Griffith; replaced 1876
Lost suspension bridge over the Mississippi River (West Channel) on Hennepin Avenue at Nicollet Island in Minneapolis
Replaced by the second suspension bridge

Hennepin Avenue Suspension Bridge (2nd) (Hennepin County, Minnesota)
Built 1876 by engineer Thomas Griffith; demolished 1890
Lost suspension bridge over the Mississippi River (West Channel) on Hennepin Avenue at Nicollet Island in Minneapolis
Demolished to make room for a steel arch bridge

Hermitage Swinging Bridge (Hickory County, Missouri)
Built 1896
Lost suspension bridge over Pomme de Terre River somewhere near Hermitage
No longer exists

Hickory Bridge-Allegheny River (Older) (Warren County, Pennsylvania)
Built 1871
Lost Wire suspension bridge over Allegheny River
Replaced by a new bridge

Hidden Valley Trail Suspension Footbridge (Bath County, Virginia)
Wire suspension bridge over Jackson River on pedestrian pathway
Open to pedestrians only

Higgins Swinging / Suspension Footbridge (Yancey County, North Carolina)
Wire suspension footbridge over Cane River on pedestrian pathway
Open to pedestrians only

High Cliff Park Suspension Footbridge (Trempealeau County, Wisconsin)
Wire suspension footbridge over Beaver Creek on pedestrian pathway
Open to pedestrians only

High Street Suspension Bridge (Butler County, Ohio)
Built 1866; Replaced 1895
Lost Suspension bridge over Great Miami River on High Street/Main Street/Rt. 129/Rt. 177
Replaced by a new bridge

Highland State Wildlife Management Area Suspension Footbridge (Highland County, Virginia)
Wire suspension bridge over Bullpasture River on pedestrian pathway
Open to pedestrians only

Hillsborough River State Park CCC Suspension Bridge (Hillsborough County, Florida)
Built 1934
Wire suspension bridge over Hillsborough River on a pedestrian trail in Hillsborough River State Park
Open to pedestrians only

Hobbs Ford Swinging / Suspension Footbridge (Washington County, Virginia)
Wire suspension footbridge over North Fork Holston River on pedestrian pathway
Open to pedestrians only

Holes Creek Bridge (Montgomery County, Ohio)
Wire suspension bridge over Holes Creek on a private driveway
Open to traffic, but in a gated neighborhood

Hominy Creek Bridge (Osage County, Oklahoma)
Wire suspension bridge over Hominy Creek on Unknown


Honaker Swinging / Suspension Footbridge (Russell County, Virginia)
Wire suspension footbridge over Clinch River on pedestrian pathway
Open to pedestrians only

Hooversville Suspension Footbridge (Somerset County, Pennsylvania)
Rebuilt 1996
Wire suspension bridge over Stony Creek on pedestrian pathway
Open to pedestrians only

Horse Creek Road Bridge (Siskiyou County, California)
Built 1930; rehabilitated 1944
Suspension bridge over Klamath River on Horse Creek Road
Open to traffic

Hot Wells Road Bridge (Young County, Texas)
Built 1908; Removed 1954
Lost Suspension bridge over the Brazos River on Hot Wells Road
Torn down and replaced. Two supports are left standing.

Hoyt Park Suspension Footbridge (Milwaukee County, Wisconsin)
Wire suspension bridge over Menomonee River on pedestrian pathway
Open to pedestrians only

Hudson River Bridge Riparius (Older) (Warren County, New York)
Built 1872
Lost Suspension bridge over Hudson River on Rt 8
Replaced by a new bridge

Humiston Park Swing Bridge (Livingston County, Illinois)
Built 1978
Wire suspension bridge over Vermillion River on Pedestrian Path
Open to pedestrians only

Husted Suspension Bridge (Fulton County, New York)
Built by Husted Family across Mill Pond Dam
Lost Suspension bridge over Kennyetto Creek
Removed but not replaced

Hutsonville Bridge (Crawford County, Illinois)
Built 1939; replaced 1988
Lost self-anchored suspension bridge over Wabash River on IN 154 at Hutsonville
Replaced by modern bridge

Hyde Park Foot Bridge (Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania)
Built 1921
Wire suspension bridge over Kiskiminetas River on pedestrian path
Open to bicyclists & pedestrians only

I-74 Twin Bridges (Scott County, Iowa)
Northbound bridge built 1935; southbound built 1960; both rehabilitated 1975
Pair of suspension bridges over the Mississippi River on I-74 between Bettendorf and Moline
Open to traffic

Indiana Beach Pedestrian Bridge (White County, Indiana)
When Built in 1966 it was the largest built for pedestrians suspension bridge in the Midwest
Wire suspension bridge over Lake Shafer on Pedestrian Trail
Open to traffic

Ingalls Swinging / Suspension Footbridge (Avery County, North Carolina)
Wire suspension footbridge over North Toe River on pedestrian pathway
Open to pedestrians only

Iowa Falls Swinging Bridge (Hardin County, Iowa)
Built 1897, Rebuilt/rehabbed in 1909, 1925, 1956,, & 1989
Suspension bridge over Iowa River on path
Open to pedestrians

Iowa Hill bridge (Placer County, California)
Built in 1928 by Placer County to replace an earlier wood bridge at the same location. Replaced by Placer County in 1985, but left in place as a pedestrian bridge
Wire suspension bridge over North Fork American River on Foot traffic only
Open to pedestrians

IslandWood Suspension Footbridge (Kitsap County, Washington)
Built 2002
Wire suspension bridge over stream off Blakely Harbor on pedestrian pathway
Open to pedestrians only

Jackson River Swinging / Suspension Footbridge (Alleghany County, Virginia)
Suspension footbridge over Jackson River on Pedestrian Crossing
Open to pedestrians only

Janet Street Suspension Bridge (Carbon County, Utah)
Suspension bridge over Price River
Open to pedestrians only

Jay Cooke State Park Suspension Bridge (Carlton County, Minnesota)
Built 1923; destroyed by flood 2010; restored and reopened 2013
Wire suspension bridge over St. Louis River on Pedestrian Pathway
Bridge was restored after 2010 flood and is now open to the public!

Jeep Bridge (Logan County, West Virginia)
Abandoned wire suspension bridge over Guyandotte River
Derelict/abandoned

John A Roebling's Sons Co. office buildings skybridge (Mercer County, New Jersey)
Wire suspension bridge over courtyard on pedestrian pathway
Intact but closed to all traffic

Johnstown Swinging Bridge (Bates County, Missouri)
Built 1891 by the Lyndon Wire Cable Bridge Co.; replaced 1899
Lost wire suspension bridge over North Deepwater Creek at Johnstown
Replaced by new bridge

Jonesville Vicinity Swinging / Suspension Footbridge (Lee County, Virginia)
Wire suspension footbridge over Powell River on pedestrian pathway
Open to pedestrians only

Jordan Mines Vicinity #2 Swinging / Suspension Footbridge (Alleghany County, Virginia)
Wire suspension footbridge over Potts Creek on pedestrian pathway
Open to pedestrians only

Jordan Mines Vicinity Swinging / Suspension Footbridge (Alleghany County, Virginia)
Lost Wire suspension footbridge over Potts Creek
Removed but not replaced

Jordan Road Bridge (Jefferson County, Oregon)
Built 1963
Suspension bridge over Deschutes River on Jordan Road
Open to traffic

Jordan Road Bridge (Jefferson County, Oregon)
Built 1963
Suspension bridge over Crooked River on Jordan Road
Open to traffic

Jordan Suspension Footbridge (Snohomish County, Washington)
Built 1992
Wire suspension bridge over South Fork Stillaguamish River on pedestrian pathway
Open to pedestrians only

Junction Creek Suspension Foot / Pack Bridge (Clearwater County, Idaho)
Wire suspension bridge over Kelly Creek on pedestrian and equestrian trail
Open to pedestrians and equestrian activity

Kaibab Trail Suspension bridge (Coconino County, Arizona)
Wire suspension bridge
Open to pedestrians

Kalmia Swinging / Suspension Footbridge (Mitchell County, North Carolina)
Wire suspension footbridge over North Toe River on pedestrian pathway
Open to pedestrians only

Kampeter Bridge (Osage County, Missouri)
Built in 1904 or 1909, depending on source material. A local paper on August 2, 1978, in an article entitled
Lost wire suspension bridge over Maries River
Destroyed by flood

Kapaa Stream Swinging Bridge (Kauai County, Hawaii)
Wire suspension bridge over Kapaa Stream
Open to pedestrians only

Kapaia Swinging Bridge (Kauai County, Hawaii)
Bridge closed September 2006 due to being unsafe. Damaged heavily during a storm on Friday, March 9, 2012 - tearing out most of the mainspan.
Wire suspension footbridge over Kapaia River (Hanamaulu Stream)
Deteriorated beyond a safe passage state, further damaged during a storm on Friday, March 9, 2012 - tearing out most of the mainspan.

Kaua'i Pedestrian Walkbridge (Taney County, Missouri)
Suspension Bridge over Lakeshore Drive on pedestrian traffic
Open to pedestrians only

Keeseville Suspension Bridge (Essex County, New York)
Built 1888 by the Berlin Iron Bridge Co.
Suspension footbridge over AuSable River beyond the end of Clinton Street in Keeseville
Open to pedestrians

Keigly Branch Suspension Bridge (Story County, Iowa)
Wire suspension bridge over Keigly Branch on Trail
Open to pedestrians only

Kellams Bridge (Sullivan County, New York)
Built 1936; rehabilitated 1990
Suspension bridge over Delaware River on Kellam-Stalker Road
Open to traffic with a strictly enforced weight and height limit

Kellams Bridge (Wayne County, Pennsylvania)
Built 1890; rehabilitated 1959
Suspension bridge over Delaware River on SR 1018 (Kellams Bridge Road)
Open to traffic

Kemna Bridge (Miller County, Missouri)
Built 1924 by Joseph Dice; rehabilitated 1978
Swinging bridge over Tavern Creek on Kemna Bridge Road (CR 52-56) east of St. Elizabeth
Open to traffic with a 15 ton weight limit

Kenwood Park Suspension Bridge (Saline County, Kansas)
Built pre-1939
Wire suspension bridge over Smoky Hill River (Old Channel) on Pedestrian Trail
Open to pedestrians only

Keshena Suspension Footbridge (Menominee County, Wisconsin)
Bridge over Wolf River on unnamed footpath
Closed to all traffic

Kewanee Swinging / Suspension Footbridge (Pike County, Kentucky)
Wire suspension bridge over Levisa Fork Big Sandy River on pedestrian pathway
Open to pedestrians only

Kimberling Swinging / Suspension Footbridge (Bland County, Virginia)
Built 1992
Wire suspension footbridge over Kimberling Creek on Appalachain Trail
Open to pedestrians only

Kings River Bridge (Madison County, Arkansas)
Built 1928-29; Replaced 1960
Lost Suspension bridge over Kings River on AR 21
Replaced by new bridge

Kings River Swinging Bridge (Carroll County, Arkansas)
Lost three-tower swinging bridge over Kings River east of Eureka Springs
No longer exists

Klenken Bridge (Cooper County, Missouri)
Built 1929 by Joseph Dice; replaced 1994
Lost swinging bridge over Lamine River on Swinging Bridge Drive
Replaced by a modern concrete bridge

Kliethermes Bridge (Miller County, Missouri)
Built ca. 1925 by Joseph Dice; rehabilitated 1988; demolished Mar. 12, 2008
Lost swinging bridge over Tavern Creek on Kliethermes Bridge Road (CR A-6) northwest of St. Anthony
No longer exists

Krotz Springs Pipeline Bridge (Pointe Coupee Parish, Louisiana)
Wire suspension bridge over Atchafalaya River on Pipeline
Intact but closed to all traffic

Labelle Preparation Plant Conveyor Suspension Bridge (Washington County, Pennsylvania)
Lost Wire suspension bridge over Monongahela River on formerly a coal conveyor
Demolished

Lagoon Swinging Footbridge (St. Louis, Missouri)
Swinging bridge on a footbridge south of Lagoon Drive in Forest Park
Open to foot traffic

Lake Lynn Power House and Dam Suspension Footbridge (Monongalia County, West Virginia)
Wire suspension footbridge over portion of dam on pedestrian pathway
Open to pedestrians only

Lamoille River Footbridge (Caledonia County, Vermont)
Suspension bridge over Lamoille River
Derelict/abandoned

Lantz Mills Swinging / Suspension Footbridge (Shenandoah County, Virginia)
Wire suspension footbridge over Stony Creek on pedestrian pathway
Open to pedestrians only

Lava Canyon Suspension Bridge (Skamania County, Washington)
Wire suspension bridge over Muddy River on Lava Canyon Trail
Open to pedestrians

Lenape Park Footbridge (Bucks County, Pennsylvania)
"First proposed in August of 1936 by Mr. Benfield" "They were built by the WPA (Works Progress Administration). In 1938 the two bridges were completed and the materials cost an estimarted $2600 dollars, The Bridges are appoximately 500 feet long"
Wire suspension bridge carrying a foot path in Lenape Park over the Eeast Branch of the Perkiomen Creek in Lenape Park Foot Path in Perkasie
Open to pedestrians