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This is a list of all 47 bridges from the suspension bridge inventory for the state Kentucky. 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 states.
1810 (chain bridge)
Frankfort, Kentucky, USA (Kentucky River)
Bridgemeister ID:10
Structurae ID:0008057
References:AAJ, CAB
Status:Removed
Main cables:Chain (iron)
Suspended spans:2
Main spans:2 x 167f
1811 (chain bridge)
Kentucky, USA
Bridgemeister ID:16
References:CAB
Status:Removed
Main cables:Chain (iron)
1811 (chain bridge)
Kentucky, USA
Bridgemeister ID:17
References:CAB
Status:Removed
Main cables:Chain (iron)
1852 (suspension bridge)
Frankfort, Kentucky, USA (Kentucky River)
Bridgemeister ID:1714
References:AAJ, ENG18570605, HBE, HOF
Principals:Mathew Dickinson Field
Use:Rail
Status:Removed
Main cables:Wire (iron)
Suspended spans:2
Main spans:~200f, ~300f
Notes
  • HOF describes the location as "between the foot of Broadway and the neck of land near the mouth of Benson Creek."
  • According to ENG18570605, the bridge was significantly reconstructed (because of excessive vibrations) by Julius W. Adams to have three spans of 120, 163, and 163 feet.
1853 (suspension bridge)
Falmouth, Kentucky, USA (Licking River)
Bridgemeister ID:42
References:AAJ, EOV
Principals:D. Griffith Smith
Use:Vehicular
Status:Removed
Main cables:Wire (iron)
Main span:323f
1854 Licking River I
Covington and Newport, Kentucky, USA (Licking River)
Bridgemeister ID:47
References:BOB, BPL, EOV
Principals:John Gray, George C. Tarvin
Status:Collapsed, 1854
Notes
  • BPL: Collapsed under weight of cattle 1853. BOB: Indicates year of completion and collapse as 1854. EOV: Appears more authoritative on the matter, "Although the bridge was not quite finished, Tarvin and the mayor of Covington rode the first vehicle across it on December 28, 1853. Less than two weeks later... the bridge collapsed."
  • The January 18, 1854 edition of The New York Times has a small article with a January 16, 1854 byline reporting the collapse of the bridge: "The... bridge... gave way this evening, while two men and eighteen cattle were crossing it... The keys which held the wire cable to the anchors gave way."
  • Replaced by 1854 Licking River II - Covington and Newport, Kentucky, USA.
1854 Licking River II
Covington and Newport, Kentucky, USA (Licking River)
Bridgemeister ID:48
References:EOV
Principals:John Gray
Status:Removed

Notes
1867 John A. Roebling (Cincinnati, Cincinnati and Covington)
Cincinnati, Ohio and Covington, Kentucky, USA (Ohio River)
Bridgemeister ID:65
Structurae ID:0000513
O'Donnell ID:1000
Coordinates:N 39.09167 W 84.50833
Maps:Acme, Google, MapQuest
References:BAAW, BC3, BOB, BPL, COB, EOV, HBE, LAB, LACE, ONF, PTS2, SJR, TOB
Principals:John A. Roebling
Use:Vehicular (two-lane heavy, with walkway)
Status:In use (last checked, 2013)
Main cables:Wire (iron)
Suspended spans:3
Main span:1,057f
Side spans:2
Notes
Photo by David Denenberg Photo by Wayne Grodkiewicz Photo by Patrick S. O'Donnell Photo by David Denenberg Photo by David Denenberg
1907 Vulcan
Vulcan, West Virginia and Pike County, Kentucky, USA (Tug Fork Big Sandy River)
Bridgemeister ID:2141
References:AAJ
Use:Footbridge
Status:Removed
Main cables:Wire
Main span:400f
Notes
  • On Page 13 of the December 27, 1967 edition of West Virginia's The Charleston Gazette newspaper, there is a photograph of this footbridge with a Jeep driving across. The caption reads: "Pedestrian bridge at Vulcan... is used by vehicles because it provides a route over the Tug River to Kentucky. A citizen's group has complained that the bridge is not strong enough to support cars." The photograph accompanies an article "Road Reform Call Urged" that says the bridge is "regularly used by Jeeps and small cars." Note the date of the article, December 27, 1967 is 12 days after the Silver Bridge disaster at Point Pleasant, West Virginia.
  • Near (footbridge) - Vulcan, West Virginia and Pike County, Kentucky, USA. Although similar in appearance, these appear to have been different bridges.
1927 General U.S. Grant
Portsmouth, Ohio and Fullerton, Kentucky, USA (Ohio River)
Bridgemeister ID:151
Structurae ID:0004783
O'Donnell ID:826
Coordinates:N 38.725 W 82.99833
Maps:Acme, Google, MapQuest
References:AAJ, PTS2, SSS
Principals:Robinson and Steinman, J.E. Greiner, Dravo Co.
Use:Vehicular (two-lane heavy)
Status:Demolished, July 2001
Main cables:Wire (steel)
Suspended spans:3
Main span:700f
Side spans:2 x 350f
Deck width:28.5f
Notes
  • AAJ: "Recabled" in 1939.
Photo by David Denenberg Photo by Wayne Grodkiewicz
1931 Simon Kenton Memorial (Maysville)
Maysville, Kentucky and Aberdeen, Ohio, USA (Ohio River)
Bridgemeister ID:172
Structurae ID:0000536
O'Donnell ID:825
Coordinates:N 38.65 W 83.76
Maps:Acme, Google, MapQuest
References:AAJ, SJR, SSS
Principals:Modjeski, Masters & Chase
Use:Vehicular (two-lane heavy, with walkway)
Status:In use (last checked, 2007)
Main cables:Wire (steel)
Suspended spans:3
Main span:323.1m
Side spans:2 x 141.7m
Deck width:28f
Photo by David Denenberg Photo by Stephen Schutte Photo by Wayne Grodkiewicz
1936 Pauley
Pikeville, Kentucky, USA (Big Sandy River Levisa Fork)
Bridgemeister ID:1068
O'Donnell ID:308 (more: 308 308)
Coordinates:N 37.492833 W 82.5355
Maps:Acme, Google, MapQuest
Principals:O.S. Batten, WPA
Use:Vehicular (one-lane)
Status:In use, but restricted to foot traffic (last checked, 2007)
Main cables:Wire
Main span:~380f
Notes
  • Closed to vehicular traffic, 1991. Closed to all traffic, September 2000. Restored and reopened to pedestrian traffic, 2006.
Photo by Patrick S. O'Donnell Photo by Patrick S. O'Donnell
1936 Swinging
Hazard, Kentucky, USA
Bridgemeister ID:185
Use:Footbridge
Main cables:Wire (steel)
Suspended spans:3
Main span:1
Side spans:2
1940 Nolan Toll
Nolan, West Virginia and Pike County, Kentucky, USA (Tug Fork River)
Bridgemeister ID:2239
O'Donnell ID:551
Coordinates:N 37.73986 W 82.33125
Maps:Acme, Google, MapQuest
Use:Vehicular
Status:Only towers remain (last checked, 2007)
Notes
  • The suspension bridge, and later the current adjacent beam and girder bridge, are privately owned and were previously operated as toll bridges. The current bridge was closed by West Virginia in late 2007.
  • Ron Thompson, a member of the family who owns these structures (the suspension bridge formerly, and now the current crossing) writes: "This was a private toll bridge constructed beginning in 1939 by the Big Creek Bridge Company, a privately held corporation headquartered first in Nolan, then in Williamson. The replacement bridge next to it was constructed by the same entity. My father, along with other relatives, inherited most of the corporate stock, and for the last several years he has owned it in its entirety... My grandfather built the original suspension bridge primarily to provide a way to get coal from the surrounding hills in Pike and Martin County, Kentucky to tipples and markets in West Virginia."
Photo by Patrick S. O'Donnell
1962 (pipeline bridge)
Grays Branch vicinity, Kentucky and Scioto County, Ohio, USA (Ohio River)
Bridgemeister ID:880
Structurae ID:0003360
O'Donnell ID:828
Coordinates:N 38.66058 W 82.85889
Maps:Acme, Google, MapQuest
Principals:Weldon F. Appelt, P.E., Clear Span Engineering, Inc
Use:Pipeline
Status:In use
Main cables:Wire (steel)
Main span:2,000f
Notes
  • Just downstream of Greenup Dam. Built for Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co. Carries two 30" gas pipelines.
Photo by David Denenberg
1999 Forrest and Maxie Preston Memorial Pedestrian
River, Johnson County, Kentucky, USA (Big Sandy River Levisa Fork)
Bridgemeister ID:329
Structurae ID:0013863
O'Donnell ID:317
Coordinates:N 37.86015 W 82.726117
Maps:Acme, Google, MapQuest
References:UKODF99
Principals:Bush and Burchett Inc., Bocook Engineering, S.E.A. Engineers Inc., Issam Harik
Use:Footbridge
Status:In use (last checked, 2005)
Main cables:Wire (steel)
Suspended spans:3
Main span:~316f
Side spans:2 x ~47f
Notes
  • From an old Kentucky Transportation Cabinet web page: "Interested in seeing the world's longest plastic bridge? Visit Johnson County, where the 410-ft-long Forest and Maxie Preston Memorial Pedestrian Bridge recently opened. The bridge was built from a high performance composite material - glass fiber that is reinforced with plastic resins."
  • A University of Kentucky web page refers to the deck material as "glass fiber-reinforced polymer composites."
Photo by Patrick S. O'Donnell
(footbridge)
Barwick, Breathitt County, Kentucky, USA (North Fork Kentucky River)
Bridgemeister ID:2445
O'Donnell ID:678
Coordinates:N 37.37142 W 83.35669
Maps:Acme, Google, MapQuest
Use:Footbridge
Status:In use (last checked, 2008)
Main cables:Wire
Suspended spans:4
Main spans:120f, 130f
Side spans:80f, 120f
Photo by Patrick S. O'Donnell
(footbridge)
Belcher vicinity, Kentucky, USA (Big Sandy River Russell Fork)
Bridgemeister ID:2265
O'Donnell ID:569
Coordinates:N 37.33305 W 82.38559
Maps:Acme, Google, MapQuest
Use:Footbridge
Status:Derelict (last checked, 2007)
Main cables:Wire
Suspended spans:2
Main span:1
Side span:1
Notes
Photo by Patrick S. O'Donnell
(footbridge)
Belcher, Kentucky, USA (Big Sandy River Russell Fork)
Bridgemeister ID:2264
O'Donnell ID:568
Coordinates:N 37.34046 W 82.37359
Maps:Acme, Google, MapQuest
Use:Footbridge
Status:Derelict (last checked, 2007)
Main cables:Wire
Notes
Photo by Patrick S. O'Donnell
(footbridge)
Breathitt County, Kentucky, USA (Quicksand Creek)
Bridgemeister ID:2431
O'Donnell ID:636
Coordinates:N 37.56341 W 83.16221
Maps:Acme, Google, MapQuest
Use:Footbridge
Status:In use
Main cables:Rope
Suspended spans:3
Main span:1
Side spans:2
Photo by Patrick S. O'Donnell
(footbridge)
Broad Bottom, Kentucky, USA (Big Sandy River Levisa Fork)
Bridgemeister ID:1468
O'Donnell ID:311
Coordinates:N 37.536417 W 82.594967
Maps:Acme, Google, MapQuest
Use:Footbridge
Status:In use (last checked, 2005)
Main cables:Wire (steel)
Suspended spans:1
Main span:~400f
Photo by Patrick S. O'Donnell
(footbridge)
Dwale, Kentucky, USA (Big Sandy River Levisa Fork)
Bridgemeister ID:2261
O'Donnell ID:547
Coordinates:N 37.62283 W 82.72169
Maps:Acme, Google, MapQuest
Use:Footbridge
Status:Derelict (last checked, 2007)
Main cables:Wire
Suspended spans:1
Notes
  • Patrick S. O'Donnell provided a rough main span estimate of 300 feet.
Photo by Patrick S. O'Donnell
(footbridge)
Fords Branch, Kentucky, USA (Big Sandy River Levisa Fork)
Bridgemeister ID:1479
O'Donnell ID:571
Coordinates:N 37.43476 W 82.50923
Maps:Acme, Google, MapQuest
Use:Footbridge
Status:Derelict (last checked, 2007)
Main cables:Wire
Notes
  • Patrick S. O'Donnell provided a rough main span estimate of 350 feet.
Photo by Patrick S. O'Donnell
(footbridge)
Haddix, Kentucky, USA (North Fork Kentucky River)
Bridgemeister ID:2444
O'Donnell ID:673
Coordinates:N 37.48066 W 83.37641
Maps:Acme, Google, MapQuest
Use:Footbridge
Status:In use (last checked, 2007)
Main cables:Wire
Suspended spans:3
Main span:210f
Side span:1
Photo by Patrick S. O'Donnell
(footbridge)
Hawesville vicinity, Kentucky, USA (Vastwood Park Lake - Vastwood Park)
Bridgemeister ID:1414
Coordinates:N 37.908467 W 86.790283
Maps:Acme, Google, MapQuest
Use:Footbridge
Status:In use (last checked, 2004)
Main cables:Wire (steel)
(footbridge)
Kewanee, Kentucky, USA (Big Sandy River Levisa Fork)
Bridgemeister ID:1478
O'Donnell ID:310 (more: 310)
Coordinates:N 37.445933 W 82.5153
Maps:Acme, Google, MapQuest
Use:Footbridge
Status:In use (last checked, 2007)
Main cables:Wire (steel)
Suspended spans:1
Main span:~410f

Notes
Photo by Patrick S. O'Donnell Photo by Patrick S. O'Donnell
(footbridge)
Lawson and Vancleve, Kentucky, USA (North Fork Kentucky River)
Bridgemeister ID:2043
O'Donnell ID:546
Coordinates:N 37.60233 W 83.45424
Maps:Acme, Google, MapQuest
Principals:American Bridge Co., Mt. Carmel High School
Use:Footbridge
Status:Derelict (last checked, 2007)
Main cables:Wire (steel)
Suspended spans:2
Main span:244.625f
Side span:1
Deck width:6f
Notes
  • According to an American Bridge Co. ad: Built for Mt. Carmel High School, fabricated by American Bridge Co, erected by the school's faculty and students.
Photo by Patrick S. O'Donnell
(footbridge)
Marrowbone vicinity, Pike County, Kentucky, USA (Big Sandy River Russell Fork)
Bridgemeister ID:2266
O'Donnell ID:570
Coordinates:N 37.35653 W 82.40935
Maps:Acme, Google, MapQuest
Use:Footbridge
Status:Derelict (last checked, 2007)
Main cables:Wire
Suspended spans:2
Main span:1
Side span:1
Notes
  • Patrick S. O'Donnell provided a rough main span estimate of 200 feet.
Photo by Patrick S. O'Donnell
(footbridge)
Natural Bridge State Park, Kentucky, USA (Middle Fork Red River)
Bridgemeister ID:1361
O'Donnell ID:822
Coordinates:N 37.775383 W 83.6773
Maps:Acme, Google, MapQuest
Use:Footbridge
Status:In use (last checked, 2004)
Main cables:Wire
(footbridge)
Page Cutoff, Pineville vicinity, Kentucky, USA (Yellow Creek)
Bridgemeister ID:2351
Use:Footbridge
Main cables:Wire
Notes
  • Built circa 1957. Damaged by flood, 1977. Partially repaired by December, 1977. Descriptions and photographs of the 1977 flood damage and repairs appear in the December 2 and 30, 1977 editions of the Daily News newspaper (Middlesboro, Kentucky).
(footbridge)
Perry County, Kentucky, USA (Troublesome Creek)
Bridgemeister ID:2420
O'Donnell ID:687
Coordinates:N 37.41746 W 83.20749
Maps:Acme, Google, MapQuest
Use:Footbridge
Status:Closed
Main cables:Wire
Suspended spans:1
Photo by Patrick S. O'Donnell
(footbridge)
Perry County, Kentucky, USA (Troublesome Creek)
Bridgemeister ID:2419
O'Donnell ID:671
Coordinates:N 37.42995 W 83.21446
Maps:Acme, Google, MapQuest
Use:Footbridge
Status:Closed
Main cables:Wire
Suspended spans:1
Photo by Patrick S. O'Donnell
(footbridge)
Perry County, Kentucky, USA (Troublesome Creek)
Bridgemeister ID:2421
O'Donnell ID:692
Coordinates:N 37.38502 W 83.15154
Maps:Acme, Google, MapQuest
Use:Footbridge
Status:In use (last checked, 2007)
Main cables:Wire (steel)
Suspended spans:2
Main spans:~55f, ~100f
Photo by Patrick S. O'Donnell
(footbridge)
Petersburg, Kentucky, USA (Creation Museum)
Bridgemeister ID:2406
Use:Footbridge
Status:In use (last checked, 2007)
Main cables:Wire (steel)
Suspended spans:1
Photo by Wayne Grodkiewicz
(footbridge)
Pikeville, Kentucky, USA (Pikeville City Pond)
Bridgemeister ID:1462
O'Donnell ID:309
Coordinates:N 37.48575 W 82.520067
Maps:Acme, Google, MapQuest
Use:Footbridge
Status:In use (last checked, 2004)
Main cables:Wire (steel)
Suspended spans:2
Main span:~318f
Side span:1
Notes
  • Crosses a pond formed by the Pikeville Cut-Thru project's diversion of the Levisa Fork of the Big Sandy River.
Photo by Patrick S. O'Donnell
(footbridge)
Sprigg vicinity, West Virginia and Pike County, Kentucky, USA (Tug Fork River - Tug Valley Country Club)
Bridgemeister ID:2227
O'Donnell ID:549
Coordinates:N 37.63102 W 82.18641
Maps:Acme, Google, MapQuest
Use:Footbridge
Status:In use (last checked, 2007)
Main cables:Wire (steel)
Suspended spans:1
Main span:~320f
Notes
  • Wide footbridge used by golf carts.
Photo by Patrick S. O'Donnell
(footbridge)
Staffordsville vicinity, Kentucky, USA (Paint Creek)
Bridgemeister ID:2598
O'Donnell ID:312
Use:Footbridge
Status:In use (last checked, 2004)
Main cables:Wire
Suspended spans:1
(footbridge)
Staffordsville vicinity, Kentucky, USA (Paint Creek)
Bridgemeister ID:2599
O'Donnell ID:313
Use:Footbridge
Status:In use (last checked, 2004)
Main cables:Wire
Suspended spans:1
(footbridge)
Toonerville, Kentucky, USA (Big Sandy River Levisa Fork)
Bridgemeister ID:2263
O'Donnell ID:566
Coordinates:N 37.36810 W 82.23335
Maps:Acme, Google, MapQuest
Use:Footbridge
Status:Derelict (last checked, 2007)
Main cables:Wire
Suspended spans:1
Notes
  • Patrick S. O'Donnell provided a rough main span estimate of 175 feet.
Photo by Patrick S. O'Donnell
(footbridge)
Vulcan, West Virginia and Pike County, Kentucky, USA (Tug Fork River)
Bridgemeister ID:2262
O'Donnell ID:550
Coordinates:N 37.55934 W 82.11506
Maps:Acme, Google, MapQuest
Use:Footbridge
Status:Derelict (last checked, 2007)
Main cables:Wire
Suspended spans:1
Notes
Photo by Patrick S. O'Donnell
Bill Perk Litteral Memorial (Swinging)
Paintsville, Kentucky, USA (Paint Creek)
Bridgemeister ID:360
O'Donnell ID:314
Coordinates:N 37.81233 W 82.80991
Maps:Acme, Google, MapQuest
Use:Footbridge
Status:In use (last checked, 2008)
Main cables:Wire (steel)
Suspended spans:3
Main span:~195f
Side spans:~68f, ~89f
Photo by Patrick S. O'Donnell
Boldman
Pikeville vicinity, Kentucky, USA (Big Sandy River Levisa Fork)
Bridgemeister ID:318
Use:Vehicular (one-lane)
Status:Removed
Main cables:Wire (steel)
Suspended spans:1
Notes
  • Carried Kentucky route 1384 over the Levisa Fork. Likely removed in timeframe 1985-1994.
Hawk Creek
Wood Creek Lake vicinity, Kentucky, USA (Hawk Creek - Sheltowee Trace Trail)
Bridgemeister ID:1183
Use:Footbridge
Status:In use
Main cables:Wire (steel)
Suspended spans:1
Sheltowee (Swinging)
Red River Gorge Geologic Area, Kentucky, USA (Red River - Sheltowee Trace Trail)
Bridgemeister ID:1182
O'Donnell ID:821
Coordinates:N 37.82781 W 83.62427
Maps:Acme, Google, MapQuest
Use:Footbridge
Status:In use
Main cables:Wire (steel)
Photo by Joseph F. Dues, Jr., P.E.
Swinger
Owensboro vicinity, Kentucky, USA (Panther Creek Park)
Bridgemeister ID:1304
Coordinates:N 37.716383 W 87.222833
Maps:Acme, Google, MapQuest
Use:Footbridge
Status:In use
Main cables:Wire
Notes
  • There is at least one other similar small suspension footbridge in the park.
Swinging
Paintsville, Kentucky, USA (Big Sandy River Levisa Fork - Paintsville Country Club)
Bridgemeister ID:1490
O'Donnell ID:315
Use:Footbridge
Status:In use (last checked, 2004)
Main cables:Wire (steel)
Suspended spans:1
Main span:370f
Notes
  • Used by golf carts. Just barely wide enough for one golf cart.
Photo by Patrick S. O'Donnell
White Star
Dayhoit, Kentucky, USA (Cumberland River)
Bridgemeister ID:2556
Use:Vehicular
Status:Removed
Main cables:Wire
Notes
  • The town of Dayhoit has also been known as Day, White Star, and Wilhoit.

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