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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.


South Fork of the Trinity River Bridge (Trinity County, California)
Wire suspension bridge over South Fork of the Trinity River on South Fork Trail
Open to authorized vehicles and pedestrians

South Fork River Ranch Suspension Bridge (Idaho County, Idaho)
Wire suspension bridge over South Fork Clearwater River on private road
Open to traffic

South Fork Roanoke River Swinging / Suspension Footbridge (Montgomery County, Virginia)
Wire suspension bridge over South Fork Roanoke River on Pedestrian path
Open to pedestrians only

South Fork Trinity River Bridge (Pre 1929) (Trinity County, California)
This bridge was built on the wagon road that connected Eureka to Redding and is now known as California State Route 299.
Wire suspension bridge over South Fork of the Trinity River on Redding-Eureka Wagon Road
Demolished in 1929

South Rockdale Community Park Suspension Footbridge (Rockdale County, Georgia)
Wire suspension bridge over Run up off South River on pedestrian pathway
Open to pedestrians only

South Tenth Street Bridge (1933) (Allegheny County, Pennsylvania)
Built 1933; rehabilitated 1994
Suspension bridge over the Monongahela River on South Tenth Street in Pittsburgh
Open to traffic

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

Split Creek Suspension Foot / Pack Bridge (Idaho County, Idaho)
Wire suspension bridge over Lochsa River on a pedestrian and equestrian trail
Open to pedestrians and equestrian activity

Spokane Falls Suspension Bridges (Spokane County, Washington)
Wire suspension bridge over Spokan Falls on Pedestrian Path
Open to pedestrians only

Spring Creek Suspension Bridge (Centre County, Pennsylvania)
Wire suspension bridge over Spring Creek on Footpath
Open to pedestrians only

Spring River Swinging Bridge (Randolph County, Arkansas)
Built 1936 by the Works Progress Administration; destroyed by fire in 1951 under mysterious circumstances. Current bridge built 1992.
Lost swinging bridge over Spring River next to AR 361 between Black Rock and Old Davidsonville
Bridge destroyed, but some vestiges remain, including a standing tower, a fallen tower, some cables, and some approach piers

Springton Reservoir Intake Tower Bridge (Delaware County, Pennsylvania)
Wire suspension bridge over Springton Reservoir on foot path
Open to reservoir employees only

Spruce Street Suspension Bridge (San Diego County, California)
Built 1912 by city of San Diego
Wire suspension bridge over Kate Sessions Canyon on Pedestrian walkway
Open to pedestrians only

St. Johns Bridge (Multnomah County, Oregon)
Built 1931
Suspension bridge over Willamette River on US 30 Bypass in Portland
Open to traffic

Starnes Slant Swinging / Suspension Footbridge (Scott County, Virginia)
Wire suspension footbridge over Clinch River on pedestrian pathway


Sterett Creek Bridge (Benton County, Missouri)
Built 1896
Lost suspension bridge over Sterett Creek, north of Warsaw
No longer exists

Sterrettania Footbridge (Erie County, Pennsylvania)
Wire suspension bridge over Elk Creek on Private walkway
Open to pedestrians only

Stewart Park - Fall Creek Arm Suspension Bridge (Tompkins County, New York)
Built 1934
Wire suspension bridge over Arm of Fall Creek on Footpath
Open to pedestrians only

Stewart Park - Fall Creek Suspension Bridge (Tompkins County, New York)
Built 1934
Wire suspension bridge over Fall Creek on Footpath
Open to pedestrians only

Stockton Swinging Bridge (Cedar County, Missouri)
Lost suspension bridge over Sac River near Stockton
No longer exists

Stoddard Pack Bridge (Idaho County, Idaho)
Collapsed 2017
Lost wire suspension bridge over Salmon River on pedestrians and equestrians
Collapsed due to slide

Strong Bridge (1856) (Franklin County, Maine)
Built 1856
Lost Wire suspension bridge over Sandy River on Main Street
Replaced by a new bridge

Sunfish Creek Swinging / Suspension Footbridges (Monroe County, Ohio)
Wire suspension bridge over Sunfish Creek on pedestrian pathways
Open to pedestrians only

Sunset River Rd Swinging / Suspension Footbridge (Smyth County, Virginia)
Wire suspension footbridge over North Fork Holston River on pedestrian pathway
Open to pedestrians only

Suspension Bridge (Trinity County, California)
This bridge was built after oil barrels were invented, they are used for the foundation. A bridge appears at this location on the 1982 Halfway Ridge USGS topo map, but not on the 1951 Hyampom topo.
Abandoned wire suspension bridge over Hayfork Creek
Derelict/abandoned, most of deck missing. Unknown what it leads to.

Swing-A-Long Bridge (Walker County, Georgia)
Suspension bridge on Walking path
Open to pedestrians only

Swinging Bridge (Story County, Iowa)
Built 1936; Damaged during flooding March 2019; Repaired & Reopened December 2019
Bridge over South Skunk River on Pedestrian trail
Open to pedestrians

Swinging Bridge (Somerset County, Maine)
Built 1936
Wire suspension bridge over Kennebec River on foot path
Open to bicyclists & pedestrians only

Swinging Bridge (Blair County, Pennsylvania)
Built 1936
Lost suspension bridge over Frankstown Branch Juniata River on a footpath off Swinging Bridge Road
No longer exists

Swinging Bridge (Josephine County, Oregon)
Built 1963
Wire suspension bridge over Illinois River on NF-087
Open to pedestrians only

Swinging Bridge Farms Bridge (Clay County, Kentucky)
Suspension bridge over Red Bird River on Walkway
Open to pedestrians only

Swope Park / Kansas City Zoo Suspension Footbridge (Jackson County, Missouri)
Built 1907; Rehabilitated 1994
Wire suspension bridge over Blue River on Non-Motorized Path
Open to pedestrians

Sylamore Creek Swinging Bridge (Stone County, Arkansas)
Built 1943; rehabilitated 1985
Swinging bridge over South Sylamore Creek on CR 238 (Old AR 14)
Open to one-lane traffic

Taberville Bridge (St. Clair County, Missouri)
Lost swinging bridge over Osage River somewhere near Taberville
No longer exists

Tacoma Narrows Bridge (1940) (Pierce County, Washington)
Built 1940, collapsed on November 7, 1940
Lost suspension bridge over Tacoma Narrows on Primary State Highway 14-A in Tacoma
Collapsed

Tacoma Narrows Bridge (1950) (Pierce County, Washington)
Built 1950 as the replacement of the original 1940 bridge
Suspension bridge over Tacoma Narrows on WB WA 16 in Tacoma
Open to traffic

Tacoma Narrows Bridge (2007) (Pierce County, Washington)
Built 2007
Suspension bridge over Tacoma Narrows on EB SR-16 in Tacoma
Open to traffic

Tahoma Creek Suspension Footbridge (Pierce County, Washington)
Wire suspension bridge over Tahoma Creek on Wonderland Trail
Open to pedestrians only

Tallulah Gorge Suspension Footbridge (Rabun County, Georgia)
Built 2002
Wire suspension bridge over Tallulah River - Hurricane Falls on Tallulah Gorge Rim Trail
Open to pedestrians only

Tanana Pipeline Bridge (Southeast Fairbanks Census Area, Alaska)
Built for the Alyeska pipeline in the early 1970s.
Wire suspension bridge over Tanana River carrying the Alyeska Pipeline
Open, carries the pipeline

Tavern Creek Route A Bridge (Miller County, Missouri)
Replaced 1958
Lost swinging bridge over Tavern Creek on Route A, northwest of St. Anthony
No longer standing, but west abutment and east anchor still visible

Tawlks-Foster Suspension Foot & Pack Bridge (Okanogan County, Washington)
Built 1995
Wire suspension bridge over Methow River on Methow Community Trail
Open to bicyclists, pedestrians, equestrian, and snowmobiles

Tebo Bridge (Benton County, Missouri)
Built 1907
Lost suspension bridge over Tebo Creek
No longer exists

Test Road Suspension Bridge (Wayne County, Indiana)
Built in 1889 by the Mitchell Bridge Company; Washed away in 1897
Lost Wire suspension bridge over East Fork Whitewater River on Test Road
Destroyed by flooding

The Links at Groveport Suspension Bridge (Franklin County, Ohio)
Wire suspension bridge over Walnut Creek on golf cart trail
Open to golf cart and pedestrain traffic

The Suspension Bridge (Trinity County, California)
Built 1974 by the Wills Brothers and rehabilitated c. 2015
Wire suspension bridge over Hayfork Creek on Trail off of Pattison Peak Road
Open to pedestrians only

The Swinging Bridge (York County, Pennsylvania)
Wire suspension bridge over Yellow Breeches Creek on a pedestrian pathway
Open to pedestrians only

Thermopolis Swinging Bridge (Hot Springs County, Wyoming)
Built in 1916; condemned in 1984; restored in 1992
Suspension bridge over Big Horn River on pedestrians trail
Open to pedestrians only

Thousand Islands Bridge (Jefferson County, New York)
Built 1938; rehabilitated 1986
Suspension bridge over St. Lawrence River on I-81
Open to traffic

Throgs Neck Bridge (Queens County, New York)
Built 1961
Suspension bridge over East River on I-295 in New York
Open to traffic

Thunder Creek Bridge (Whatcom County, Washington)
Lost Wire suspension bridge over Thunder Creek on formerly a pedestrian pathway
Replaced by a new bridge further upstream

Thunderwoman Park Bridge (Black Hawk County, Iowa)
Built 1968
Wire suspension bridge over Cedar River on Trail
Open to pedestrians only

Tickfaw State Park Pedestrian Bridge (Livingston Parish, Louisiana)
Wire suspension bridge over Tickfaw River on River/Bottomland Hardwood Trail
Open to pedestrians only

Tishomingo State Park Swinging Bridge (Tishomingo County, Mississippi)
Built 1939
Wire suspension bridge on Footpath crossing Bear Creek
Open to pedestrians

Tom Melby Memorial Bridge (Adams County, North Dakota)
Built in 1987 and rehabilitated in 2018.
Wire suspension bridge over Flat Creek on Pedestrian Trail
Bridge appears to be in good condition.

Trail of the Cedars Suspension Bridge (Whatcom County, Washington)
Built 1969
Wire suspension bridge over Skagit River on pedestrian pathway
Open to pedestrians only

Treyz Bridge (Delaware County, New York)
Lost Wire suspension bridge over Beaver Kill on sawmill tram
Removed but not replaced

Tribes Hill Bridge (Montgomery County, New York)
Lost Wire suspension bridge over Mohawk River on Main Street
Replaced by a new bridge

Triborough Hell Gate Suspension Bridge (Queens County, New York)
Opened to traffic July 11, 1936
Suspension bridge over East River (Hell Gate) on I-278 in New York
Open to eight lanes of traffic and one sidewalk

Trinity Cemetery Suspension Bridge (New York County, New York)
Built 1871
Lost Wire suspension bridge over Broadway on Footpath
Removed but not replaced

Trough Creek State Park Swinging Bridge (Huntingdon County, Pennsylvania)
Wire suspension bridge over Trough Creek on trail
Open to pedestrians only

Tuckasegee Swinging / Suspension Footbridge (Jackson County, North Carolina)
Bridge over Tuckaseigee River on pedestrian pathway
Open to pedestrians only

Tumbling Shoals Bridge (Cleburne County, Arkansas)
Built 1912 by contractor Harry Churchill. Probably lost when Greers Ferry Lake was constructed 1962-65.
Lost swinging bridge over Little Red River between Heber Springs and Tumbling Shoals
Removed

Turkey Run Suspension Bridge (Parke County, Indiana)
Built 1918 after collaspe of the orginal bridge
Wire suspension bridge over Sugar Creek on Pedestrian Path
Re-opened in October 2013.

Tuscumbia Swinging Bridge (Miller County, Missouri)
Built 1905 by Joseph Dice; replaced 1932
Lost swinging bridge over Osage River at Tuscumbia on what is now MO 17
Replaced by a new bridge

TVA Apalachia Power Plant Suspension Footbridge (Polk County, Tennessee)
Wire suspension bridge over Hiawassee River on pedestrian pathway
Open to pedestrians only

Two Cent Bridge (Kennebec County, Maine)
Original build in 1901 was washed away and rebuilt in 1903; one of the last pedestrian toll bridges still standing in the US
Wire suspension bridge over Kennebec River built as a pedestrian bridge
Open to pedestrians

Tye River Suspension Footbridge (Nelson County, Virginia)
Wire suspension bridge over Tye River on Appalachian Trail
Open to pedestrians only

Umtanum Canyon Footbridge (Kittitas County, Washington)
Wire suspension bridge over Yakima River on Pedestrian Pathway
Open to pedestrians only

Uneeda Walk Bridge (Boone County, West Virginia)
Wire suspension footbridge over Pond Fork Little Coal River on pedestrian pathway
Open to pedestrians only

Unknown Swinging bridge (Scott County, Virginia)
Wire suspension bridge over Clinch River on Pedestrian traffic
Closed

Upper Suspension Bridge (Franklin County, Massachusetts)
Built 1878; damaged in 1936 flood; demolished for war effort 1942
Lost suspension bridge over Connecticut River
Demolished in 1942

Upper Suspension Bridge (Northampton County, Pennsylvania)
Lost Wire suspension bridge over Lehigh River on Footpath
Removed but not replaced

Upper Warm Springs Suspension Foot / Pack Bridge (Idaho County, Idaho)
Wire suspension bridge over Warm Springs Creek on pedestrian and equestrian pathway
Open to pedestrian and equestrian activity

Valley City Foot Bridge (Barnes County, North Dakota)
Wire suspension bridge over Sheyenne River on pedestrian trail
Open to pedestrians

Veenker Memorial Golf Course Suspension Bridge (Story County, Iowa)
Built 1938; Cable failed & bridge removed November 2014; Replaced April 2015
Wire suspension bridge over Ioway (Formerly Squaw) Creek on Veenker Memorial Golf Course Path
Replaced by an ugly MOB

Verde River Sheep Bridge (Yavapai County, Arizona)
Built 1943, altered 1944, removed 1987,
Lost Suspension Bridge over Verde River on sheep trail
Replaced by new bridge

Verrazano-Narrows Bridge (Richmond County, New York)
Upper level opened November 21, 1964; lower level opened June 28, 1969
Suspension bridge over The Narrows on I-278 between Staten Island and Brooklyn
Open to a total of 12 lanes of traffic

Victorian Footbridge (St. Louis, Missouri)
Built 1885; rehabilitated 1994
Suspension bridge with truss features on a trail west of Forest Park Parkway
Open to pedestrians only

Vienna Swinging Bridge (Maries County, Missouri)
Built 1930 by Joseph Dice; bypassed by new bridge 1993; destroyed by flash flood in 1998(?)
Lost suspension bridge over Maries River on CR 213 (Ball Park Road) northwest of Vienna
Destroyed by flooding

Vincent Thomas Bridge (Los Angeles County, California)
Built 1963; rehabilitated 1990
Suspension bridge over Los Angeles Harbor main channel on CA 47 in Los Angeles
Open to traffic

Waco Suspension Bridge (McLennan County, Texas)
Built 1869-70; rehabilitated 1914
Suspension bridge over the Brazos River on Bridge Street in Waco
Open to pedestrians only

Waimea Swing Bridge (Kauai County, Hawaii)
Built early 1900's, extensively damaged and rebuilt in 1992 after Hurricane Iniki.
Wire suspension bridge over Waimea River on Footbridge
Open to pedestrians

Waldo-Hancock Bridge (Waldo County, Maine)
Built 1931; bypassed by new bridge 2006-07; Demolished 2012-2013; Removed from NRHP 12-18-2013
Demolished suspension bridge over Penobscot River on former US 1 in Prospect
Demolished, despite not being in the way of anything.

Walt Whitman Bridge (Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania)
Built 1957; rehabilitated 1998
Suspension bridge over Delaware River on I-76 in Philadelphia
Open to traffic

Walton Tract / Beards Mountain Trail Suspension Bridge (Bath County, Virginia)
Wire suspension bridge over Cowpasture River on pedestrian pathway
Open to pedestrians only

Wanakena Footbridge (St. Lawrence County, New York)
Built by Rich Lumber Company for mill access
Lost Wire suspension bridge over Oswegatchie River on Path
Destroyed by ice in 2014 and replaced by a new bridge

Warm Springs Suspension Foot / Pack Bridge (Idaho County, Idaho)
Forest Service wire suspension bridge over Lochsa River on pedestrian and equestrian pathway
Open to pedestrian and equestrian activity

Warner Road Pedestrian Bridge (Cuyahoga County, Ohio)
Wire suspension bridge over Granger Rd on Foot Walkway
Open to pedestrians only

Warsaw Lower Bridge (Benton County, Missouri)
Built 1897; destroyed by fire in 1926
Lost suspension bridge over Osage River at Warsaw
Destroyed by fire

Warsaw Middle Bridge (Benton County, Missouri)
First bridge built 1895; collapsed March 1913; new bridge completed Sept. 1913; closed to traffic in 1975
Lost swinging bridge over Osage River on the road between Warsaw and Whitakerville
No longer exists

Warsaw Upper Bridge (Benton County, Missouri)
Built 1928 by Joseph Dice; closed to traffic in 1979; rehabilitated 2007
Swinging bridge over Osage River on MO 7 (formerly Route A) in Warsaw
Open to pedestrians only

Washington Park Footbridge (Racine County, Wisconsin)
Built ca. 1915; Rebuilt 1995; Restored 2007
Bridge over Root River on Golf Course Walkway
Open to pedestrians

Waste Weir Suspension Bridge (Mercer County, New Jersey)
Built by Roebling as part of a demonstration project in the 19th century and later gifted to Trenton
Wire suspension bridge over A waste weir of the Delaware And Raritan Canal on Pedestrian pathway
Open to bicyclists & pedestrians only

Waterloo Bridge (Linn County, Oregon)
Collapsed 1960; replaced 1961
Lost Suspension bridge over South Santiam River on Waterloo Road
Collapsed

Watkins Glen Footbridge (Schuyler County, New York)
(Main design: Bowstring pony truss)
Built ca. 1873
Bowstring pony truss bridge over Watkins Glen Gorge on a pedestrian trail at Watkins Glen State Park
Open to pedestrians

Welcome Creek Trailhead Swinging Suspension Footbridge (Granite County, Montana)
Wire swinging suspension footbridge over Rock Creek on pedestrian pathway
Open to pedestrians only

West Jersey Bridge (New York County, New York)
Proposed but George Washington Bridge built instead
Wire suspension bridge over Hudson River on unknown roads
Never built

Western States Trail Swinging Bridge (Placer County, California)
Rebuilt 2014 after being damaged by fire 2013
Wire suspension bridge over North Fork of the Middle Fork of the American River on Western States Trail
Open to pedestrians only

Westover Bridge (1854) (Monongalia County, West Virginia)
Built 1854
Lost Suspension bridge over Monongahela River on Rt 19
Replaced by a new bridge