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Starnes Slant Swinging / Suspension Footbridge



A VDOT - Virginia Department of Transportation maintained bridge. One of ~74 as of the mid '00.


Wire suspension footbridge over Clinch River on pedestrian pathway
Scott County, Virginia
Wire/cable suspension
Approximate latitude, longitude
+36.73696, -82.62001   (decimal degrees)
36°44'13" N, 82°37'12" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
17/355357/4066916 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Gate City
Inventory number
BH 63530 (Bridgehunter.com ID)


Owned by state (15,943)
Scott County, Virginia (48)
Suspension (699)
Unknown status (1,498)
Virginia (1,214)

Update Log 

  • October 11, 2014: Added by Patrick S. O'Donnell


  • Patrick S. O'Donnell - 1 [dot] 991km [at] comcast [dot] net


Starnes Slant Swinging / Suspension Footbridge
Posted October 13, 2015, by Anonymous

Hi Jason,

I apologize that I am just now seeing your message. I did not come to my email. I would love to speak with you. Please shoot me an email at slantswingingbridge@gmail.com

I've been looking for yours but haven't found it yet. :(



Starnes Slant Swinging / Suspension Footbridge
Posted March 15, 2015, by Jason Smith (flensburg [dot] bridgehunter [dot] av [at] googlemail [dot] com)

Hi Lori,

I'm Jason Smith of the Bridgehunter's Chronicles, an online column focusing on historic bridges. I just read up on the bridge and disaster, and if you want, I'd like to write an article and use your pic posted to get the word out about the info you need and the campaign you are launching to rebuild this bridge. If interested, please send me an e-mail and we'll take it from there.

Thanks and have a nice day.


Starnes Slant Swinging / Suspension Footbridge
Posted March 14, 2015, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

The towers look to be fully intact and it appears the bridge could be easily repaired.

Starnes Slant Swinging / Suspension Footbridge
Posted March 13, 2015, by Lori Mellons (bluezmomma [at] gmail [dot] com)


Starnes is my family name. This bridge has been in our family history for many, many years. I am trying to find out when the original bridge was first put here. This bridge was destroyed March 5, 2015 - last week, by the flood. I have started a petition to move the county to rebuild. I know the history back to the 50s but nothing prior to that. I am attaching a photo of the bridge now. I stood on this bridge with my grandfather, as well as my great grandfather. They were the Starnes' that lived beside of the railroad tracks next to this landmark. Three years ago I was married on this bridge. We just must save it. The state (VDOT) is saying they are going to tear down the rest of it with no plans to rebuild unless the county gets involved.

Thank you for any information you can provide.

Lori Mellons