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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.


Muskingum Power Plant Suspension Conveyor Bridge (Morgan County, Ohio)
Lost 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 Falls Railroad Suspension Bridge (Niagara County, New York)
Begun in 1851, opened to foot traffic in 1854, opened to raill traffic on March 18, 1855. Upgraded in 1886, replaced in 1897.
Lost Wire suspension bridge over Niagara River on Railroad & Road
Replaced by a new bridge while not closing!

Niagara River Bridge (Niagara County, New York)
built in 1889 as the second Falls View Bridge, re-erected this location in 1899 by Pencoyd
Lost Suspension bridge over Niagara River on I-190
Replaced by a new bridge

Niagara Suspension Bridge (Niagara County, New York)
1848 built as a temporary structure. Replaced during construction of Roebling the RR bridge.
Lost Wire suspension bridge over Niagara River on walkway
Replaced by a new bridge

Nolan Toll Bridge (1940) (Mingo County, West Virginia)
Built 1940, replaced 1963
Lost suspension bridge over Tug Fork River on Roadway
Towers still present, but nothing else

Nome River Bridge (Nome Census Area, Alaska)
Lost Wire suspension bridge over Nome River on Nome-Council Road
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 Fork Kentucky River Swinging Bridge (Breathitt County, Kentucky)
Wire suspension bridge over North Fork Kentucky River on Walkway


North River Gorge Trail Swinging/Suspension Footbridge (Rockingham County, Virginia)
Wire suspension bridge over North River on North River Gorge Trail
Open to pedestrians only, limited to one-way flow

North Suck Creek Suspension Bridge (Marion County, Tennessee)
Built 1979
Wire suspension bridge over North Suck Creek on Cumberland Trail
Open to pedestrians only

North West Avenue Bridge (Mahoning County, Ohio)
Built 1914
Lost Wire suspension bridge over Mahoning River on North West Avenue
Replaced by a new bridge

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

Nuttallburg Suspension 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


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

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

Old Copperfield bridge (Baker County, Oregon)
Lost suspension bridge over Snake River
No longer exists

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 Red River Bridge (Fannin County, Texas)
Collapsed 1934
Lost Suspension bridge over Red River on TX 78/ OK 78
No longer exists

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

Old Trails Suspension Bridge #1 (San Bernardino County, California)
Pipeline suspension bridge over Colorado River on Natural Gas Pipeline
Restricted pipeline access only

Old Trails Suspension Bridge #2 (San Bernardino County, California)
Pipeline suspension bridge over Colorado River on Natural Case Pipeline
Restricted pipeline access only

Orange Grove Swinging Bridge (Baltimore County, Maryland)
Wire suspension bridge over Patapsco River on Footpath
Open to pedestrians only

Oregon City Bridge (1888) (Clackamas County, Oregon)
Built in 1888, Replaced by Conde B. McCullough through arch bridge in 1922.
Lost Suspension bridge over Willamette River on Oregon City - West Linn Road in Oregon City
Replaced by new bridge

Oregon City Pedestrian Bridge (Clackamas County, Oregon)
Built 1921; removed 1922
Lost pedestrian suspension bridge over Willamette River
Removed but not replaced

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

Oriskany Vicinity #3 Swinging / Suspension Footbridge (Botetourt County, Virginia)
Wire suspension footbridge over Craig Creek on pedestrian pathway
Open to pedestrians only

Oriskany Vicinity #4 Swinging / Suspension Footbridge (Botetourt County, Virginia)
Wire suspension footbridge over Craig Creek on pedestrian pathway
Open to pedestrians only

Oriskany Vicinity Swinging / Suspension Footbridge (Botetourt County, Virginia)
Wire suspension footbridge over Craig Creek on pedestrian pathway
Open to pedestrians only

Orleans Bridge (1912) (Humboldt County, California)
Built in 1912, destroyed in 1936 (some accounts say by fire in 1921 or 1926)
Lost Wire suspension bridge over Klamath River on CA 96
Replaced by a new bridge

Orleans Bridge (1940) (Humboldt County, California)
Built in 1940, destroyed by flood in 1964
Lost Wire suspension bridge over Klamath River on CA 96
Replaced by a new bridge

Orleans Bridge (1966) (Humboldt County, California)
Built 1966
Suspension bridge over Klamath River on CA 96
Open to traffic

Otowi Suspension Bridge (Santa Fe County, New Mexico)
Built 1924 under the direction of James A. French. Bridge was bypassed by current bridge in 1948.
Suspension Bridge over Rio Grande River
Intact but closed to all traffic

Ottawa Suspension Bridge (Franklin County, Kansas)
Built 1868; Purchased by the city 1874; Replaced 1885
Lost suspension bridge over Marais des Cygnes River on Main Street
Replaced by a new bridge

Overholt Distillery Suspension Bridge (Fayette County, Pennsylvania)
Built 1883, Converted to pedestrian use after 1921, Abandoned 1945,
Abandoned wire suspension bridge over Youghiogheny River on Railroad/Pedestrian Pathway
Abandoned

Palenville Swinging Bridge (Greene County, New York)
Lost Wire suspension bridge over Katerskill Creek on Footpath
Destroyed by flooding

Pammel-Eastwoods Suspension Footbridge (Winnebago County, Iowa)
Wire suspension bridge over Winnebago River on Pedestrian Pathway betwixt Pammel Park and Eastwoods Park
Open to pedestrians only

Pamperin Park Suspension Bridge (Brown County, Wisconsin)
Wire suspension bridge over Duck Creek on Pedestrian Path
Open to pedestrians

Pamperin Park Suspension Footbridge (Brown County, Wisconsin)
Wire suspension bridge over Duck Creek on bicycle and pedestrian pathway
Open to bicyclists and pedestrians only

Pangburn Suspension Bridge (White County, Arkansas)
Built 1909, Collapsed 1954
Lost Suspension bridge over Little Red River on Wilburn Road (SH 110)
Collapsed on Oct. 30, 1954

Paradise Ranch Bridge (Idaho County, Idaho)
Wire suspension bridge over Middle Fork Clearwater River on Paradise Ranch Road
Open to private traffic

Park Street Suspension Footbridge (Berkshire County, Massachusetts)
Built 1936
Wire suspension bridge over Housatonic River on Footpath
Open to pedestrians only

Parkersburg Bridge (1916) (Wood County, West Virginia)
Built 1916; Demolished 1980; Replaced by the Parkersburg-Belpre Bridge
Lost suspension bridge over Ohio River
No longer exists

Paseo Bridge (Jackson County, Missouri)
Built 1954; rehabilitated 1984 and 2005; replaced 2011
Lost self-anchored suspension bridge across the Missouri River on I-29/I-35/US 71 in Kansas City
Replaced by a new bridge

Pathfinder Dam Suspension Bridge (Natrona County, Wyoming)
Wire suspension bridge over North Platte River on Pedestrian trail
Open to pedestrians only

Pauley Bridge (Pike County, Kentucky)
Built 1936; closed to all traffic in 2001; reopened in 2006 as a pedestrian bridge
Suspension bridge over Levisa Fork on Meadowview Drive in Pikeville
Open to pedestrians

Pease River Suspension Bridge (1897) (Wilbarger County, Texas)
Built in 1897; Destroyed by Tornado in 1907
Lost Suspension bridge over Pease River
Destroyed by Tornado in 1907

Pease River Wagon Bridge (Wilbarger County, Texas)
Abandoned wire suspension bridge over Pease River
Single cable tower still standing

Pedestrian Bridge over Klamath River (Siskiyou County, California)
Wire suspension bridge over Klamath River on Pedestrian trail


Pedestrian Suspension Bridge (Lampasas County, Texas)
Built 1976
Wire suspension bridge over Sulphur Creek
Open to pedestrians only

Pee Pee Creek / Hawe Fork Swinging Suspension Footbridges (Pike County, Ohio)
Wire suspension footbridges over Pee Pee Creek and Hawe Fork on pedestrian pathways
Open to pedestrians only

Petroleum Street Suspension Bridge (Venango County, Pennsylvania)
Built 1876
Lost Suspension bridge over Allegheny River on Petroleum Street
Replaced by a new bridge

Pine Street Bridge (1862) (Nevada County, California)
Built 1862
Lost Wire suspension bridge over Deer Creek on Pine Street
Replaced by a new bridge

Pipeline Bridge (Red River Parish, Louisiana)
Suspension bridge over Red River on Pipeline


Pipeline Suspension Bridge (Clay County, Kansas)
Suspension bridge over Republican River on Pipelines
Open to traffic

Plattsmouth Pipeline Bridge (Cass County, Nebraska)
Built 1956
Wire suspension bridge over Missouri River on Pipeline
In operation

Pleasant Run Suspension Footbridge (Tucker County, West Virginia)
Wire suspension bridge over Shavers Fork on Trail
Open to pedestrians only

Pochuck Quagmire Bridge (Sussex County, New Jersey)
Built 1996
Wire suspension bridge over Pochuck Creek on Appalachian Trail
Open to pedestrians only

Point Bonita Lighthouse Bridge (Marin County, California)
Built 1954 to cross eroded gap in access to Point Bonita Lighthouse; in 2012 replaced with similar bridge
Wire suspension bridge on Walking Path
Open to pedestrians

Point Bridge (1877) (Allegheny County, Pennsylvania)
Built 1877; Replaced 1927
Lost Chain suspension bridge over Monongahela River
Replaced by a new bridge

Pond Eddy Bridge (1871) (Sullivan County, New York)
Built 1871
Lost Wire suspension bridge over Delaware River on High Road
Replaced by a new bridge

Popolopen Creek Suspension Footbridge (Orange County, New York)
Wire suspension bridge over Popolopen Creek on Appalachian Trail
Open to pedestrians only

Porvenir Footbridge (Presidio County, Texas)
Removed 2008
Lost Wire suspension bridge over Rio Grande on Footpath
Removed

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

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

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

Powhatan Swinging Bridge (Lawrence County, Arkansas)
Built 1925-26; made obsolete by free state ferry in 1938; removed in 1952
Lost suspension bridge over Black River on old US 63 at Powhatan
No longer exists

Puente de Hamaca (Cidra, Puerto Rico)
Damaged during flooding in 1992.
Wire suspension bridge over Río de La Plata on Footpath
Destroyed by flooding

Puente de Hamaca de Utuado (Utuado, Puerto Rico)
Suspension bridge over Río Grande de Arecibo on Footpath
Open to pedestrians only

Puente Hamaca en Guánica (Guanica, Puerto Rico)
Wire suspension bridge over Río Loco on Path
Open to pedestrians only

Puente La Hamaca El Verde (Utuado, Puerto Rico)
Suspension bridge over Río Tanam on Footpath
Open to pedestrians only

Queenston-Lewiston Suspension Bridge (1st) (Niagara County, New York)
Begun in 1850, opened March 20, 1851 lost due to high wind after temporary removal of guy wires Feb. 3, 1864
Lost Wire suspension bridge over Niagara River on road
Destroyed by severe weather

Railroad Street Suspension Bridge (Pre 1908) (Lycoming County, Pennsylvania)
Lost Suspension bridge on Railroad Street over Pine Creek
Replaced by a new bridge

Ralston Run Swinging Suspension Footbridge (Ross County, Ohio)
Wire suspension bridge over Ralston Run on pedestrian pathway
Open to pedestrians only

Ramsey Park Suspension Bridge (Redwood County, Minnesota)
Wire suspension bridge over Tributary of Redwood River on Pedestrian Trail
Open to pedestrians

Rattlesnake Creek Pedestrian Bridge (Missoula County, Montana)
Built 2006
Wire suspension bridge over Rattlesnake Creek
Open to pedestrians

Ravine Bridge (Middlesex County, New Jersey)
Restored 1970s; Restored 2001
Wire suspension bridge over Ravine on Pedestrian pathway
Open to pedestrians only

Ravine Gardens Bridge (Putnam County, Florida)
Suspension bridge on Walking trail
Open to pedestrians only

Reading Suspension Bridge (Berks County, Pennsylvania)
Dismantled 1983; one tower relocated here.
Wire suspension bridge single tower
Single tower of bridge salvaged and put on display at shown park location.

Red Bird Suspension Bridge (Clay County, Kentucky)
Suspension bridge over Red Bird River on Walkway
Intact but closed to all traffic