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Flat Branch Park Bridge



Taken January 18, 2022

Photo taken by Drew a. Walters


BH Photo #525935

Street View 


Bridge over Flat Branch
Columbia, Boone County, Missouri
Open to pedestrians only
Total length: 85.3 ft.
Deck width: 6.6 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+38.94894, -92.33319   (decimal degrees)
38°56'56" N, 92°19'59" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/557781/4311322 (zone/easting/northing)
Inventory number
BH 97153 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • March 23, 2022: New Street View added by Drew a. Walters
  • March 20, 2022: New photos from Drew a. Walters
  • March 17, 2022: New photo from Drew a. Walters


Flat Branch Park Bridge
Posted March 19, 2022, by Matt Lohry

I’m pretty sure the cables are functional. You’d be amazed how much tension a steel rope is capable of carrying—typically tens of thousands of pounds for a cable this size. There are many vertical attachments, which dramatically reduce point loads on the main cables. The steel bookends that the cables are attached to are clearly designed to handle large tension loads as well (heavy gauge steel and anchor bolt foundations) . Stringers are also pretty skinny and would need to have some help clearing this distance in a single bound.

Flat Branch Park Bridge
Posted March 18, 2022, by Jesse Sharkoman (jesseberube5 [at] gmail [dot] com)

having an underneath view would be useful. also it seems like there is a plaque next to the bridge, builders could determine quality

Flat Branch Park Bridge
Posted March 18, 2022, by Brandon Cooper

I agree with Jesse. This could be borderline if the suspension cable is more decorative than functional, as that cable doesn't look it offers much in terms of structural integrity.

Flat Branch Park Bridge
Posted March 18, 2022, by Jesse Sharkoman (jesseberube5 [at] gmail [dot] com)

i wonder if the suspension is purely decorative or actually places a role in structural integrity