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I am attempting to catalogue as many suspension bridges as possible. The bridges are generally presented in order of their year of completion. Cable-stayed bridges are omitted. Generally, I omit suspended structures with sagging, drooping decks (sometimes known as catwalk or ribbon bridges). You will find more than 2,500 suspension bridges (more than 1,200 of which are pictured) in the inventory. Please feel free to help fill in the blanks, offer suggestions, criticisms, additional information, sources, and bridges (aspan@bridgemeister.com). I make frequent updates and corrections.

Inventory of Suspension Bridges

Completed 1700-1849
Completed 1850-1899
Completed 1900-1924
Completed 1925-1949
Completed 1950-1974
Completed 1975-2012
Undated, Unnamed Footbridges
Undated, Unnamed Other Bridges
Undated, Named Bridges

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Criteria

This section contains notes on my criteria for the suspension bridge inventory and insight into my process. My criteria is admittedly very subjective. I encourage discussion of the criteria, but I have been stubborn. They tend to evolve slowly.
  • Cable-stayed bridges are omitted. If a bridge has catenary or parabolic cables aided by stays, I usually include the bridge as long as the stays are clearly not the primary means of support.
  • Catwalk, gangway, ribbon, sagging, drooping, and simple suspension bridges (where the deck sags along the curve of the cables) are generally omitted unless they have historical importance. Such suspension bridges are those that have a deck that droops, or those where the deck rests directly on the cables. A well-known example of this type of bridge is the Capilano Suspension Bridge near Vancouver, British Columbia. The Capilano bridge is omitted from the inventory.
  • If the bridge has a level deck and reasonably sturdy towers I generally include it on the list regardless of how small it is, however, I do impose limits that are highly subjective for the smallest of suspension bridges.
  • I like to see a drawing or image of the bridge before I include it. This isn't a strict rule, but it helps me weed out duplicate entries where one bridge may be known by different names and also helps me make sure it's really a suspension bridge. I come across a lot of bridges described as suspension bridges that are not really suspension bridges. For example, the 19th-century Connellsville, Pennsylvania suspension bridge was replaced with a multispan truss that was referred to as "The New Suspension Bridge". Through arches (the former bridge at Bellows Falls, Vermont, for example) are often referred to as suspension bridges.
  • I do not add entries directly from other published historical suspension bridge lists without some kind of independent confirmation for each bridge. One of the most widely circulated historical suspension bridge lists was included as an appendix in the second edition of David Steinman's A Practical Treatise On Suspension Bridges. This inventory has several inaccuracies. Unfortunately, later lists started with Steinman's and perpetuated the inaccuracies. The consensus is that A. A. Jakkula's A History Of Suspension Bridges In Bibliographical Form (1941), is the most accurate list ever published.
  • I currently exclude Gisclard (e.g. Ponts Cerdagne and Bourret) and Ordish (e.g. Singapore's Cavenagh Bridge and London's Albert Bridge) suspension bridges, but I have been considering including them.
  • I have been including more pipeline and conveyor bridges lately, but I am still reluctant to add small industrial structures.
  • There are many suspension bridges pictured on this site that are not listed in the inventory. You can browse these excluded bridges here: Excluded Suspension Bridges

Conventions

Most of the unnamed bridges are designated (suspension bridge), (swinging bridge), and (footbridge). If a bridge is described as a "swinging bridge" but it is not clear it was locally referred to as Swinging Bridge (as a proper noun), then I use (swinging bridge). Otherwise, if it's clear the bridge was only ever used as a pedestrian footbridge, I use (footbridge). Usually, I reserve (suspension bridge) for more substantial structures (e.g. vehicular bridges) but it is the catchall when I am unsure of how the structure was used or what it was called. Other unnamed designations like (pipeline bridge), (snowmobile bridge), and (chain bridge) are more immediately clear.

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