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You might try the Wood in Transportation Center:

They've got a trail bridge catalog that might just take care of what you need.



John "Buddy" Showalter, P.E.
Director, Technical Media
AF&PA/American Wood Council
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From: "Joe Grill" <jgrill(--nospam--at)>
To: <seaint(--nospam--at)>
Subject: pedestrian suspension footbridge

I have been ask to look into the possibility of using a suspension = bridge for foot traffic across a creek. It will be a private bridge. The = owner is interested in a suspended system.

I told him it was probably feasible, but I had to look into the design before I decided if I should be doing it. I doesn't seem like it should = be a problem though.

Are there any design references out there for this sort of thing? It = would be something you might see as a trail crossing in a forest and will have = a span of about 110' and a 3' wide deck.

Joe Grill