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Mill Creek Swinging Bridge



Photo taken by James Baughn

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Suspension bridge over Mill Creek on Lake Road 42-18 (Swinging Bridges Road) near Brumley
Miller County, Missouri
Open to one-lane traffic
Built ca. 1925 by Joseph Dice; rehabilitated 1978
- Joseph Dice
Wire suspension
Length of largest span: 95.1 ft.
Total length: 134.8 ft.
Deck width: 11.1 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 10.9 ft.
Eligible for the National Register of Historic Places
Approximate latitude, longitude
+38.07827, -92.52440   (decimal degrees)
38°04'42" N, 92°31'28" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/541712/4214605 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Land survey
T. 39 N., R. 15 W., Sec. 36
Average daily traffic (as of 2017)
Inventory numbers
MO 066-264000.2 (Missouri off-system bridge number)
MONBI 20530 (Missouri bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory)
BH 22048 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of January 2017)
Overall condition: Fair
Superstructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 43.8 (out of 100)
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Update Log 

  • November 19, 2012: New photos from Larry Dooley
  • May 28, 2008: New photos from Joe Virruso
  • January 9, 2006: Posted all new photos



Mill Creek Swinging Bridge
Posted May 26, 2019, by Jane Ballard (jane [at] janeballard [dot] com)

We drove across this bridge on May 12, 2019. Thanks to Missouri Life magazine, we learned of four swinging bridges in the Lake of the Ozarks area!

Mill Creek Swinging Bridge
Posted January 25, 2008, by Holly B (Hotmomat23 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

All my life i have lived around this bridge. I have jumped off it into the water. "The water use to be alot deeper than now". I have heard talk of the county wanting to replace it. I hope they don't cause i want to take my kids back there some day to show them what my great great gandfather help build.

Mill Creek Swinging Bridge
Posted September 26, 2006, by K Goetz (curnynco [at] nbson [dot] net)

We left the Outlet Mall behind and headed on our adventure to the "Swinging Bridges". I was spectacular! First we went to this bridge and were a little leary, then exilarated when we crossed it. It was definitely worth the trip. Both bridges are an engineering marvel. We very reluctantly drove across the larger one as well, rolled down the windows, so we could get the full effect! What an experience. I work for a bridge contractor in Illinois, and they will be checking it out next time they are in the Osage Beach. What a fun way to spend an afternoon. It's only 10 miles from the hub bub of the city!

Mill Creek Swinging Bridge
Posted January 11, 2006, by Darrin (dwilliams [at] watlow [dot] com)

I was impressed by just how stout this bridge was! I've jumped up and down on this bridge and it barely budged. If you did the same thing to it's big brother down the road, it would act like "Galloping Gertie"!

I would love to have this bridge as a replacement for the low water crossing in my driveway!

Remember to hold on to your dentures when you cross this thing, though. The corrugated deck makes for a bumpy ride!