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St. Louis Zoo Suspension Bridge


The east face

Photo taken by Mark Dellbringge in February 2011


BH Photo #193635


Street View 


This bridge removes the requirement for pedestrians to cross busy Wells Drive, from the south parking lot into the Zoo. Before the bridge was built, there was a fatal accident at this location involving a young pedestrian.


Modern wire suspension bridge over Wells Drive in Forest Park, at the south entrance to the St. Louis Zoo
St. Louis, Missouri
Open to pedestrians
Bridge structure built in 2010 by the Continental Bridge Co. Opened in April 2010.
- Continental Bridge Co. of Alexandria, Minnesota
Wire / cable suspension
Deck width: 12.0 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+38.63358, -90.29131   (decimal degrees)
38°38'01" N, 90°17'29" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/735775/4279597 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Inventory number
BH 48130 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • May 30, 2017: New Street View added by Dana and Kay Klein
  • March 9, 2016: Updated by Justin Zeid: Bridge in St. Louis City-Not County.
  • June 12, 2013: Updated by John Marvig: Updated design to Modern Truss
  • February 19, 2011: Updated by Mark Dellbringge: Edited description
  • February 14, 2011: Added by Mark Dellbringge



St. Louis Zoo Suspension Bridge
Posted March 9, 2016, by Clarence Nelson (nelsond [at] ameritech [dot] net)

I think that this is a marvelous structure for the St Louis Zoo. Weather or not it is indeed a true suspension bridge or not is a valid question for the folks who view this site. But for the patrons of the zoo I'm sure that they would love this bridge instead of a repurposed old bridge that would cost far more than this.

St. Louis Zoo Suspension Bridge
Posted June 12, 2013, by Matt Lohry

I second that! I would also say that the towers and cables are non-structural--they look like gnarly strings of ragged Christmas lights that somebody didn't bother to take down...

St. Louis Zoo Suspension Bridge
Posted June 12, 2013, by Nathan Holth (form3 [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

The cables have got to be fake... way too lightweight and not needed for a MOB span of this length. It looks dumb. My recommendation is that the bridge be removed immediately, and in its place one of Missouri's many doomed historic metal truss bridges be put in its place.

St. Louis Zoo Suspension Bridge
Posted June 12, 2013, by Fmiser (fmiser [at] gmail [dot] com)

Based on nothing more than my observations, I suspect the towers and suspension rigging are non-structural. The welded truss "railings" appear to be substantial enough that the rest is just decoration.

Maybe not - but that's my opinion after a brief drive by. Maybe another trip I can check the tension on the cables.

St. Louis Zoo Suspension Bridge
Posted February 20, 2012, by Anonymous