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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.


Leslie Swinging Bridge (Searcy County, Arkansas)
Derelict suspension bridge over Middle Fork Little Red River, just upstream from US 65
Derelict, with deck completely missing, but towers and cables remaining

Liberty Bridge (Greenville County, South Carolina)
Opened September 2004
Wire suspension bridge over Reedy River on pedestrian trail in Greenville
Open to pedestrians only

Lincoln Woods Suspension footbridge (Carroll County, New Hampshire)
Suspension footbridge over East Branch Pemigewasset River on Trail
Open to pedestrians only

Lindley Road Bridge (Humboldt County, California)
Built 1925
Suspension bridge over Mattole River on Lindley Road
Open to traffic

Little Arkansas River Bridge (Harvey County, Kansas)
Suspension bridge over Little Arkansas River at Halstead
Open to pedestrians only

Little Coal River Pedestrian Suspension Bridge (Kanawha County, West Virginia)
Built 1920 Oregonia Bridge Company. It is believed that this and one similar bridge served joined three peices of land in a coal comunity that is gone now.
Wire suspension footbridge spanning the Little Coal River and CR 13/1
Intact but closed to all traffic

Little Coal River Swing Bridge (Lincoln County, West Virginia)
Wire suspension bridge over Little Coal River on Pedestrian Path
Open to pedestrians only

Little Golden Gate Bridge (Champaign County, Illinois)
Built 1960
Wire suspension bridge over Lake of the Woods on a pedestrian trail in the Champaign County Forest Preserve
Open to pedestrians

Little Kanawha River Swinging / Suspension Footbridge (Calhoun County, West Virginia)
Wire suspension bridge over Little Kanawha River on pedestrian pathway
Open to pedestrians only

Little Mac Bridge (Osceola County, Michigan)
Suspension bridge over Hewitt Creek on Rambadt Park footpath at Reed City
Open to pedestrians only

Little Mac Suspension Footbridge (Manistee County, Michigan)
Wire suspension bridge over Manistee River on pedestrian pathway
Open to pedestrians only

Little Niangua Swinging Bridge (Camden County, Missouri)
Built 1932
Self-anchored suspension bridge over Little Niangua River on Route J between MO 7 and US 54
Open to two-lane traffic

Little North Mountain Wildlife Management Area Swinging / Suspension Footbridge (Rockbridge County, Virginia)
Wire suspension footbridge over Calfpasture River on pedestrian pathway


Little Red River Bridge (Cleburne County, Arkansas)
Built 1935, Replaced 1961
Lost Wire suspension bridge over Little Red River on AR 16
Replaced by new bridge

Little Red River Bridge (White County, Arkansas)
Built 1909, Replaced 1958
Lost Suspension bridge over Little Red River on SH 110
Replaced by new bridge

Little Tebo Bridge (Benton County, Missouri)
Built 1898 for $100
Lost suspension bridge over Little Tebo Creek, southwest of Lincoln
No longer exists

Little Walker Creek Swinging / Suspension Footbridge (Pulaski County, Virginia)
Wire suspension footbridge over Little Walker Creek on pedestrian pathway
Open to pedestrians only

Loafers Glory Vicinity Swinging / Suspension Footbridge (Mitchell County, North Carolina)
Wire suspension footbridge over North Toe River on pedestria pathway
Open to pedestrians only

Lobb Alley Footbridge (Pinal County, Arizona)
Wire suspension bridge over Queen Creek on Lobb Avenue Walkway
Open to pedestrians only

Logan Creek Bridge (Reynolds County, Missouri)
Lost wire suspension bridge over Logan Creek
Lost

Long Creek Suspension Bridge (Replica) (Osage County, Kansas)
Wire suspension bridge over Marais des Cygnes River on Pedestrian pathway
Open to pedestrians only

Long Hollow Swinging / Suspension Footbridge (Giles County, Virginia)
Lost Wire suspension footbridge over Walker Creek on formerly a pedestrian pathway
Removed but not replaced

Long Lake Bridge (Old) (Hamilton County, New York)
Lost Suspension bridge over Long Lake on Rt 30
Replaced by a new bridge

Long Shoal Bridge (Benton County, Missouri)
Built 1931; collapsed Sept. 21, 1965, killing three people
Lost swinging bridge over South Grand River near the current bridge on MO 7
No longer exists

Long Trail - Winooski River Footbridge (Chittenden County, Vermont)
Built 2015
Wire suspension bridge over Winooski River on Long Trail
Open to pedestrians only

Longmire Service Road Bridge (Pierce County, Washington)
Built 1923
Suspension bridge over Nisqually River on Longmire Service Road
Open to traffic

Lover's Leap Bridge (Louisa County, Iowa)
First built in 1886, replaced in 1904 with a 160 ft span, current 262 ft span built in 1922
Swinging Pedestrian bridge
Open to pedestrians

Loves Mill Swinging / Suspension Footbridge (Washington County, Virginia)
Bridge over South Fork Holston River on pedestrian pathway
Open to pedestrians only

Lullwater Preserve Suspension Footbridge (DeKalb County, Georgia)
Built 2008
Wire suspension bridge over Peachtree Creek on pedestrian pathway
Open to pedestrians only

Lumberville-Raven Rock Pedestrian Bridge (Bucks County, Pennsylvania)
Built 1947 by John A. Roebling's Sons Co.
Suspension bridge over the Delaware River on a pedestrian walkway
Open to pedestrians

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

MacDonald Park Bridge (King County, Washington)
Wire suspension bridge over Snoqualmie River on Trail
Open to pedestrians only

Mackinac Bridge (Emmet County, Michigan)
Opened Nov. 1, 1957
Suspension bridge over the Straits of Mackinac on I-75 at Mackinaw City
Open to traffic

Main Street-Caniteo River Bridge (Old) (Steuben County, New York)
Lost Suspension bridge over Canisteo River on Main Street
Replaced by a new bridge

Manhattan Bridge (New York County, New York)
Opened to traffic December 31, 1909
Suspension bridge over East River in New York City
Open to seven lanes of highway traffic and four subway tracks

Manning Crevice Suspension Bridge (Idaho County, Idaho)
Built 1938
Wire suspension bridge over Salmon River on NF 1614
Open to traffic

Mannington Suspension Footbridge (Marion County, West Virginia)
Wire suspension footbridge over Whiteday Creek on pedestrian pathway
Intact but closed to all traffic

Maple Street Susquehanna River (Older) (Chenango County, New York)
Built 1868
Lost Wire suspension bridge over Susquehanna River on Maple Street
Replaced by a new bridge

Marble Hill Swinging Bridge (Bollinger County, Missouri)
The first swinging footbridge, with two towers, was built 1899 to provide a link between Marble Hill and Lutesville when Crooked Creek flooded. A more substantial footbridge, with three towers, was built 1908
Lost three-tower swinging footbridge over Crooked Creek between Marble Hill and old Lutesville
No longer exists

Marias River Bridge (Liberty County, Montana)
Built 1951; rehabilitated 1987
Suspension bridge over Marias River on CR 038
Open to traffic

Maries River Swinging Bridge (Maries County, Missouri)
Built 1928 by Joseph Dice
Lost suspension bridge over Maries River just off Route AA northwest of Vienna
Destroyed by flash flood, but remains still visible

Market Street Bridge (Jefferson County, Ohio)
Built 1905 by the Ohio Steel Erection Company; rehabilitated 1981 and 2011
Suspension bridge over the Ohio River on WV 2 Spur (Market Street) in Steubenville
Open to traffic

Marlbrook Vicinity Swinging / Suspension Footbridge (Rockbridge County, Virginia)
Replacement to a previous swinging / suspension footbridge taken out by flood.
Wire suspension footbridge over South River on pedestrian pathway
Open to pedestrians only

Marquette-Prairie Bridge (Crawford County, Wisconsin)
Built 1932; Replaced 1974
Lost suspension bridge over Mississippi River on US 18
Replaced by a new bridge

Marshalltown Vicinity Swinging / Suspension Bridge (Craig County, Virginia)
Lost Wire suspension footbridge over Craig Creek on formerly a pedestrian pathway
Removed but not replaced

Maryland Zoo Suspension Footbridge (Baltimore, Maryland)
Wire suspension bridge on Pedestrian pathway


McConnell Vicinity #2 Swinging / Suspension Footbridge (Scott County, Virginia)
Wire suspension footbridge over Copper Creek on pedestrian pathway
Open to pedestrians only

McConnell Vicinity Swinging / Suspension Footbridge (Scott County, Virginia)
Wire suspension footbridge over Copper Creek on pedestrian pathway
Open to pedestrians only

McKeesport-Reynoldton Bridge (Allegheny County, Pennsylvania)
Built 1884
Lost Wire suspension bridge over Youghiogheny River at mile 0.2 on Vehicle and Trolly
Demolished

McPhaul Bridge (Yuma County, Arizona)
Built 1929; replaced 1967
Wire suspension bridge over Gila River formerly carried US-95/Yuma-to-Quartzite road.
Closed to all traffic

Melville Pipeline Bridge (Pointe Coupee Parish, Louisiana)
Wire suspension bridge over Atchafalaya River on Pipeline
In operation

Methow River Private Swinging Suspension Footbridges (Okanogan County, Washington)
Wire suspension bridge over Methow River on pedestrian pathways
2 derelict, 1 open

Mid Hudson Bridge (Ulster County, New York)
Built 1930; rehabilitated 1989
Suspension bridge over Hudson River on US 44 and NY 55 in Highland and Poughkeepsie
Open to traffic

Mile High Swinging Bridge (Avery County, North Carolina)
Built 1952, Reconstructed 1999
Suspension bridge over chasm at Grandfather Mountain on pedestrian trail


Milford Swing Bridge (Hillsborough County, New Hampshire)
Built 1889 by Berlin Iron Bridge Co; Rehabilitated 1975
Wire suspension bridge over Souhegan River on Pedestrian walkway
Open to pedestrians only

Mill Creek Park Suspension Bridge (Mahoning County, Ohio)
Built 1895 by the Youngstown Bridge Co.; rebuilt in 2007 by the DOT Construction Company Canfield, OH
Suspension bridge over Mill Creek in Mill Creek Park at Youngstown
Open to traffic

Mill Creek Swinging Bridge (Miller County, Missouri)
Built ca. 1925 by Joseph Dice; rehabilitated 1978
Suspension bridge over Mill Creek on Lake Road 42-18 (Swinging Bridges Road) near Brumley
Open to one-lane traffic

Miller Bridge (Cleburne County, Arkansas)
Built 1912 by contractor Harry Churchill
Lost swinging bridge over Little Red River on AR 16, now inundated by Greers Ferry Lake
No longer exists

Millersburg Suspension Footbridge (Dauphin County, Pennsylvania)
Wire suspension bridge over Wiconisco Creek on pathway
Open to bicyclists & pedestrians

Mills Road Suspension Footbridge (Delaware County, Ohio)
Abandoned wire suspension bridge over Mill Creek
Abandoned

Mocus Point Suspension Foot / Pack Bridge (Idaho County, Idaho)
Wire suspension bridge over Lochsa River on pedestrian and equestrian pathway
Open to pedestrian and equestrian activity

Mohican Wilderness Suspension Bridge (Knox County, Ohio)
Built 2002
Suspension bridge over Mohican river on Pedestrian trail
Good condition

Moline Swinging Bridge (Elk County, Kansas)
Swinging footbridge in Moline over Wildcat Creek. Described as the "oldest swinging bridge in Kansas".
Open to pedestrians only

Monegaw Springs Bridge (St. Clair County, Missouri)
Lost swinging bridge over Osage River (now Truman Reservoir) at the town of Monegaw Springs
No longer exists

Monocacy Park Suspension Bridge (Northampton County, Pennsylvania)
Wire suspension bridge over Monocacy Creek on pedestrian pathway
Open to pedestrians only

Mooretown Swinging / Suspension Footbridge (Bath County, Virginia)
Wire suspension footbridge over Little Back Creek on pedestrian pathway
Open to pedestrians only

Morrison Suspension Bridge (Noble County, Oklahoma)
Built 1917; replaced 1985.
Lost wire suspension bridge over Black Bear Creek on N3395 Rd.
Replaced by new bridge

Mosquito Road Bridge (El Dorado County, California)
Built 1939
Suspension bridge over South Fork American River on Mosquito Road
Open to traffic

Mount Hope Bridge (Newport County, Rhode Island)
Built 1929 by the McClintic-Marshall Co.; rehabilitated 1985
Suspension bridge over Mount Hope Bay on RI 114 in Bristol
Open to traffic

Mt Zion Swinging Bridge (Lawrence County, Tennessee)
Built ca.1950; Rehabilitated ca.2011
Pedestrian Bridge over Sugar Creek
Open to pedestrians

Murphy Swinging / Suspension Footbridge (Dickenson County, Virginia)
Wire suspension footbridge over Russell Fork Big Sandy River on pedestrian pathway
Open to pedestrians only

Muskingum Power Plant Suspension Conveyor Bridge (Morgan County, Ohio)
Wire suspension bridge over Muskingum River on coal conveyor
Carried coal from a strip mine to the power plant

Mystery Swinging Bridge No. 1 (Benton County, Missouri)
Lost swinging bridge over Osage River in the Warsaw area
No longer exists

Mystery Swinging Bridge No. 2 (Benton County, Missouri)
Lost swinging bridge over Osage River in the Warsaw area
No longer exists

Nantahala Swinging / Suspension Footbridge (Swain County, North Carolina)
Built 1965
Suspension bridge over Nantahala River on Pedestrian Walkway
Open to pedestrians

Narrow Passage Swinging / Suspension Footbridge (Shenandoah County, Virginia)
Wire suspension footbridge over North Fork Shenandoah River on pedestrian pathway
Open to pedestrians only

Needmore Vicinity Swinging / Suspension Footbridge (Swain County, North Carolina)
Built 1965
Wire suspension footbridge over Little Tennessee River on pedestrian pathway
Open to pedestrians

Neuse River Pedestrian Bridge (Wake County, North Carolina)
Wire suspension bridge over Neuse River on Pedestrian
Open to pedestrians only

New Elise Chapin Wildlife Sanctuary Footbridge (Hamilton County, Tennessee)
Built 2001
Wire suspension bridge over South Chickamauga Creek on Walking Trail
Open to pedestrians only

New Portland Wire Bridge 19-13-S1 (Somerset County, Maine)
Built ca. 1866; rehabilitated 1961
Suspension bridge over Carrabasset River on Wire Bridge Road in New Portland
Open to traffic

Newell Toll Bridge (Hancock County, West Virginia)
Built 1905; rehabilitated 1954
Private suspension bridge over the Ohio River on Golding Street Extension between Newell and East Liverpool.
Open to toll traffic

Newport Bridge (Newport County, Rhode Island)
Built 1969
Suspension bridge over East Passage Narragansett Bay on RI 138 in Newport
Open to toll traffic

Niagara River Bridge (Niagara County, New York)
Lost Suspension bridge over Niagara River on I-190
Replaced by a new bridge

North Branch Chicago River North Avenue Bridge (Cook County, Illinois)
Built 2007-Hybrid Suspension/Cable-stayed bridge
Bridge over North Branch Chicago River on North Avenue
Open to traffic

North Canadian River Private Suspension Bridge. This is near 5434C. (Okfuskee County, Oklahoma)
Bridge over North Canadian River on Private property, carries foot traffic and pipe.
Open to pedestrians

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

North Fork Holston River Private / Semi-private Suspension Footbridges (Washington County, Virginia)
Wire suspension bridge over North Fork Holston River on pedestraian pathway
Open to pedestrians only

North Wood County Park Suspension Footbridge (Wood County, Wisconsin)
Wire suspension footbridge over Yellow River on pedestrian pathway
Open to pedestrians only

Nuttallburg Bridge (Fayette County, West Virginia)
Built 1899, abandoned during the 1960s
Lost Pedestrian Suspension Bridge over the New River
Removed but not replaced

Nutty Narrows Bridge (Cowlitz County, Washington)
Built 1963; Repaired 1983; Relocated 100 yards to the east in 2007 due to the trees it was previously mounted to beginning to rot.
Bridge over Olympia Way on Squirrels Crossing in Longview
Open to squirrels

Oak Grove Vicinity Swinging / Suspension Footbridge (Macon County, North Carolina)
Wire suspension footbridge over Little Tennessee River on pedestrian pathway


Ocoee Number Two Dam Suspension Footbridge (Polk County, Tennessee)
Wire suspension bridge over Ocoee on pedestrian footpath
Open to TVA Employees only

Old CR 280 Bridge (Stephens County, Texas)
Wire suspension bridge over Clear Fork Brazzos on road
Intact and possibly in use. Likely on private property.

Old Elise Chapin Wildlife Sanctuary Footbridge (Hamilton County, Tennessee)
Built 1948; Replaced 2000
Suspension bridge over South Chickamauga Creek on Walkway
Replaced by a new bridge

Old Ellsworth Park Footbridge (Vermilion County, Illinois)
Built 1883 by a Danville City Engineer, replaced in 1907
Lost suspension bridge over North Fork Vermilion River on pedestrian walkway in Danville
Replaced by new bridge

Old Hansen Bridge (Twin Falls County, Idaho)
Built 1919
Lost Suspension bridge over Snake River on Sr 50
Replaced by a new bridge

Old Hickory Suspension Bridge (Davidson County, Tennessee)
Built 1918;
Lost Wire suspension bridge over Cumberland River
Demolished

Old Higden Bridge (Cleburne County, Arkansas)
Built 1912; rehabilitated 1949; replaced 1961
Lost swinging bridge over Little Red River at Greers Ferry, now inundated by Greers Ferry Lake
No longer exists

Old Hill Place Bridge (Jefferson County, Mississippi)
Abandoned wire suspension bridge on Hill Road over Coles Creek
Abandoned

Old Settlers Park Footbridge (Ward County, North Dakota)
Wire suspension bridge over Des Lacs River on pedestrian trail in Burlington
Open to pedestrians