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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.


Hudson River Bridge Riparius (1872) (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 Bridge (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

Indy Motor Speedway Footbridge (Marion County, Indiana)
Built 1914
Lost Wire suspension bridge over Racetrack on Pedestrians
Replaced by a new bridge

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
Derelict/abandoned. No trespassing signs posted.

James Craig Bair Sheep Ranch Suspension Bridge (Eagle County, Colorado)
Wire suspension bridge over Colorado River on Private path
Open to authorized 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 2012; restored and reopened 2013
Wire suspension bridge over St. Louis River on Pedestrian Pathway
Bridge was restored after 2012 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 - Crooked River Bridge (Jefferson County, Oregon)
Built 1963
Suspension bridge over Crooked River on Jordan Road
Open to traffic

Jordan Road - Deschutes River Bridge (Jefferson County, Oregon)
Built 1963
Suspension bridge over Deschutes 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)
Built 1928.
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. Rebuilt 2018
Wire suspension footbridge over Kapaia River (Hanamaulu Stream)
Open to pedestrians only

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

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

Key Toll Bridge (Old US 66) (Caddo County, Oklahoma)
Built 1921
Lost Wire suspension bridge over Canadian River on an old alignment of US 66
Partially removed, main suspension support columns remain on north and south side of river

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

Kingfield Chain Bridge (Franklin County, Maine)
Built 1853
Lost Eyebar suspension bridge over Carrabassett River on Maple Street
Replaced by a new bridge

Kingfisher Park Suspension Bridge (Kingfisher County, Oklahoma)
Wire suspension bridge over Uncle Johns Creek on Footpath
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

Kootenai Falls Suspension Bridge (Lincoln County, Montana)
Built by CCC in 1930s; destroyed during a flood in 1948; rehabilitated in 2019
Wire suspension bridge over Kootenai River on Footpath
Open to pedestrians only

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

Lakeside Park Swinging Bridge (Jasper County, Missouri)
Built as part of Lakeside Park by the Southwest Missouri Electric Railway
Lost pedestrian wire suspension bridge over Center Creek
Removed but not replaced

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 bridges carrying a foot path in Lenape Park over the East Branch of the Perkiomen Creek in Lenape Park Foot Path in Perkasie
Open to pedestrians

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

Levisa Fork Suspension Bridge (Johnson County, Kentucky)
Suspension bridge over Levisa Fork on Walkway
Closed

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 Bridge (Carroll County, New Hampshire)
Swinging suspension bridge over East Branch Pemigewasset River on Lincoln Woods Trail
Open to pedestrians only

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

Linn Creek Bridge (Camden County, Missouri)
Toll Bridge, torn down in 1931 when Lake of the Ozarks began filling
Lost Wire suspension bridge over Osage River
Cables severed, dropped into the water when Lake of the Ozarks was created

Little Arkansas River Bridge (Harvey County, Kansas)
Built 1938
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 (Boone 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


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

Little Toby Swinging Bridge (Elk County, Pennsylvania)
Built 1992
Wire suspension bridge over Little Toby Creek on Clarion - Little Toby Trail
Open to traffic

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

Lordville Suspension Bridge (Delaware County, New York)
Built 1904
Lost Eyebar suspension bridge over Delaware River on Warren Road
Replaced by a new bridge

Los Angeles River Pipeline Suspension Bridge (Los Angeles County, California)
Wire suspension bridge over Los Angeles River on Pipeline
Pipeline in use but no public access

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
Abandoned

Lower Suspension Bridge (Franklin County, Massachusetts)
Built in 19871, destroyed by flood of 1936
Lost Wire suspension bridge over Connecticut River on Turners Falls Road
Replaced by a new bridge

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

Mackay Bar Bridge (Idaho County, Idaho)
Wire suspension bridge over Salmon River on Mackay Bar Ranch access road


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

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 by Civilian Conservation Corps
Wire suspension bridge over Salmon River on NF 1614
Replaced by a new bridge

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