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This is a list of all 15 bridges from the suspension bridge inventory crossing Colorado River. Please note that different rivers with the same name will be grouped together. For example, selecting 'Bear Creek' shows bridges across several different Bear Creeks. Also, similarly named rivers are grouped separately. For example, 'River Dee' (UK) bridges are grouped separately from 'Dee River' (Australia) bridges. Wherever you see a "Bridgemeister ID" number you can click it to isolate the bridge on its own page. Click here to go to the list of crossings.
1916 Dewey
Moab vicinity, Utah, USA (Colorado River)
Bridgemeister ID:135
Structurae ID:0008914
O'Donnell ID:509
Coordinates:N 38.81187 W 109.30333
Maps:Acme, Google, MapQuest
Use:Vehicular (one-lane)
Status:Derelict, April, 2008 (last checked, 2008)
Main cables:Wire (steel)
Suspended spans:1
Main span:~496f
Notes
  • Restored as footbridge, 2000.
  • Deck destroyed by fire April 6, 2008. News reports stated a nearby brush fire (started by a young boy playing with matches) ignited the bridge.
Photo by Dick and Alice Whalen Photo by Patrick S. O'Donnell
1920 Kaibab Trail
Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona, USA (Colorado River)
Bridgemeister ID:2186
Structurae ID:0008297
References:AAJ
Principals:George C. Goodwin
Use:Footbridge
Status:Replaced, 1928
Main cables:Wire
Suspended spans:1

Notes
1928 Kaibab Trail (Black, South Kaibab)
Bright Angel Campground vicinity, Arizona, USA (Colorado River - Grand Canyon National Park)
Bridgemeister ID:155
Structurae ID:0007246
O'Donnell ID:544
Coordinates:N 36.10076 W 112.08918
Maps:Acme, Google, MapQuest
Principals:Ward P. Webber, John H. Lawrence
Use:Footbridge
Status:In use (last checked, 2007)
Main cables:Wire (steel)
Suspended spans:1
Main span:~416f
Deck width:5f

Notes
Photo by Andrew Holbrook Photo by Patrick S. O'Donnell
1931 Buchanan Dam
Buchanan Dam, Texas, USA (Colorado River)
Bridgemeister ID:2514
Use:Vehicular (one-lane)
Status:Removed
Main cables:Wire (steel)
Suspended spans:1
Notes
1939 (suspension bridge)
Bend, Texas, USA (Colorado River)
Bridgemeister ID:1616
References:AUB
Principals:Austin Bridge Co.
Use:Vehicular
Status:Removed
Main cables:Wire (steel)
Suspended spans:3
Main span:1
Side spans:2

Notes
  • Similar to 1939 Regency - Regency, Texas, USA. The Bend bridge is pictured in AUB. At first, I thought it was the nearby Regency bridge, but upon closer inspection, the Bend bridge had suspended approach spans. Regency did not. Otherwise, they are very similar in appearance, both having been built in the same year by the same company.
1939 Regency
Regency, Texas, USA (Colorado River)
Bridgemeister ID:195
Structurae ID:0005564
O'Donnell ID:931
Coordinates:N 31.41167 W 98.84667
Maps:Acme, Google, MapQuest
References:AUB
Principals:Austin Bridge Co.
Use:Vehicular (one-lane)
Status:In use (last checked, 2008)
Main cables:Wire (steel)
Suspended spans:1
Main span:340f

Notes
Photo courtesy of Larry Calder Photo by Casey Hibler III
1957 (footbridge)
Glen Canyon Dam, Arizona, USA (Colorado River)
Bridgemeister ID:1191
Principals:Kiewit-Judson Pacific Murphy Co.
Use:Footbridge
Status:Removed
Main cables:Wire (steel)
Suspended spans:1
Main span:1,280f
Notes
  • Very long, very high footbridge spanning the canyon. Originally built for bridge workers building the Glen Canyon Bridge (the large deck arch next to the dam). Survived at least until 1959.
  • From a Roebling ad in the July 1958 issue of Civil Engineering: "The bridge was completed in sixty days and features a steel mesh deck, to reduce wind resistance. Construction was started by lowering two 5/8 in. cables to the bottom of the west side of the gorge, transporting them across the river by boat and raising them on the east side by block and tackle. The six main suspension cables are 1 3/4 in. diameter prestretched galvanized bridge strands. From them are hung sixty-four 5/8 in. suspenders, attached to 7 ft-wide floor beams. The wire mesh floor is laid on eight 1 in. diameter deck cables. These in turn are supported every twenty feet by the floor beams. For safety, four handrail cables are attached to the suspenders. To add stability in strong winds, two 1 3/4 in. bridge strand wind brace cables run below the deck on either side for its length."
(footbridge)
Dotsero vicinity, Colorado, USA (Colorado River - Glenwood Canyon vicinity)
Bridgemeister ID:822
O'Donnell ID:511
Coordinates:N 39.64485 W 107.07813
Maps:Acme, Google, MapQuest
Use:Footbridge and Stock
Status:In use (last checked, 2006)
Main cables:Wire
Suspended spans:2
Main span:~210f
Side span:~54f
Photo by Patrick S. O'Donnell
(pipeline bridge)
Blythe, California and Ehrenberg, Arizona, USA (Colorado River)
Bridgemeister ID:2522
O'Donnell ID:943
Coordinates:N 33.60182 W 114.53324
Maps:Acme, Google, MapQuest
Use:Pipeline
Status:Extant (last checked, 2010)
Main cables:Wire (steel)
Suspended spans:1
(pipeline bridge)
Glenwood Springs, Colorado, USA (Colorado River)
Bridgemeister ID:2225
O'Donnell ID:512
Coordinates:N 39.55085 W 107.31878
Maps:Acme, Google, MapQuest
Use:Pipeline
Status:Extant (last checked, 2006)
Main cables:Wire (steel)
Suspended spans:1
Main span:~200f
Notes
  • Span length of approximately 200 feet is for the suspended pipeline. Patrick O'Donnell estimates the anchorage-to-anchorage distance is 450 feet.
Photo by Patrick S. O'Donnell
(pipeline bridge)
Palisade vicinity, Colorado, USA (Colorado River)
Bridgemeister ID:2240
Coordinates:N 39.12223 W 108.32207
Maps:Acme, Google, MapQuest
Use:Pipeline
Status:Extant (last checked, 2006)
Main cables:Wire (steel)
(pipeline bridge)
Topock, Arizona and Needles vicinity, California, USA (Colorado River)
Bridgemeister ID:1508
O'Donnell ID:944
Coordinates:N 34.71587 W 114.48617
Maps:Acme, Google, MapQuest
Use:Pipeline
Status:Extant (last checked, 2004)
Main cables:Wire (steel)
Suspended spans:1
Notes
(pipeline bridge)
Topock, Arizona and Needles vicinity, California, USA (Colorado River)
Bridgemeister ID:1507
O'Donnell ID:945
Coordinates:N 34.71531 W 114.48255
Maps:Acme, Google, MapQuest
Use:Pipeline
Status:Extant (last checked, 2004)
Main cables:Wire (steel)
Suspended spans:1
Notes
(suspension bridge)
Palisade, Colorado, USA (Colorado River)
Bridgemeister ID:296
Status:Removed
Main cables:Wire
Suspended spans:1
Postcard, collection of David Denenberg
Silver
Bright Angel Campground vicinity, Arizona, USA (Colorado River - Grand Canyon National Park)
Bridgemeister ID:351
O'Donnell ID:545
Coordinates:N 36.09745 W 112.09550
Maps:Acme, Google, MapQuest
Use:Footbridge and Pipeline
Status:In use (last checked, 2007)
Main cables:Wire (steel)
Suspended spans:1
Main span:490f

Notes
Photo by Andrew Holbrook Photo by Patrick S. O'Donnell

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