Temporary Construction Footbridges

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The following is a list of the world's highest defunct temporary footbridges that were used for the construction of permanent road and rail bridges as well as dams. All of these spans were only built to last for a few years so that construction workers could access the opposite side of a deep canyon or valley before the permanent dam or bridge was completed parallel to the footbridge.

Unlike public footbridges, these temporary crossings are usually simple in design with little more then crude chicken-wire or wood plank walkways and railings made of a few wires or some inexpensive plastic mesh. Also with few exceptions these are Tibet-style suspension bridges with the deck supported on sagging steel cables that have a natural catenary curve connected directly to concrete anchorages with no suspension towers.

I should also note that three of the temporary spans were road bridges with catenary decks. These bridge types are very popular in China, especially downstream of dam construction sites where it is necessary for trucks to have easy access to activities on both sides of the river. Since these suspension footbridges are unmaintained and usually become dilapidated quickly, most are removed soon after the main bridge or dam is completed.


RankName Height (meters / feet) Main Span Length
(meters / feet)
CompletedLocationCountry
1 Dimuhe Footbridge
抵母河特大桥
951 feet
290 meters
1,673 feet
510 meters
2012-2015 Liupanshui, Guizhou China
2 Vajont Dam Footbridge
Ponte Diga Vajont
(689) feet
210 meters
(460) feet
140 meters
1956-1963 Longarone, Veneto Italy
3 Malinghe Zhaozhuang Footbridge
马岭河大桥
(656) feet
200 meters
(1,312) feet
400 meters
2017-2020 Xingyi, Guizhou China
4 Zongxihe Footbridge
总溪河特大桥
(656) feet
200 meters
1,771 feet
540 meters
2013-2016 Weixinzhen, Guizhou China
5 Jinghe Dam Footbridge
泾河大桥东庄
(656) feet
200 meters
(689) feet
210 meters
2011-(2020) Yanxiazhen, Shaanxi China
6 Beipanjiang Railway Shuibai Footbridge
北盘江铁路桥
650 feet
198 meters
(656) feet
200 meters
(1998)-(2014) Fa’er Bouyei, Guizhou China
7 Glen Canyon Dam Suspension Footbridge
640 feet
195 meters
1,280 feet
390 meters
1958-1964 Page, Arizona United States
8 Xisha Footbridge
细沙河特大桥
(623) feet
190 meters
(459) feet
140 meters
2008-2010 Lianghezhen, Chongqing China
9 Jiangjiehe Construction Bridge
江界河大桥
(607) feet
185 meters
(975) feet
297 meters
(1992)-1995 Weng'an, Guizhou China
10 Xixihe Railway Construction Bridge
西溪河特大桥
574 feet
175 meters
607 feet
185 meters
2014-2017 Dafang, Guizhou China
12 Mengdonghe Zhanghua Footbridge
猛洞河特大桥
570 feet
174 meters
(984) feet
300 meters
(2010)-2013 Yongshun, Hunan China
13 Tangjiahe Construction Bridge
唐家河大桥
(558) feet
170 meters
(853) feet
260 meters
2017-2019 Baojing, Hunan China
14 Wujiang Haima Footbridge
海马大桥
(548) feet
167 meters
(820) feet
250 meters
(2012)-2016 Liutongxiang, Guizhou China
15 Xixihe Guibi Footbridge
西溪大桥
(525) feet
160 meters
(738) feet
225 meters
(1998)-2001 Linquanzhen, Guizhou China
16 Yachi Railway Footbridge
鸭池河特大桥
(459) feet
140 meters
(1,148) feet
350 meters
2014-2017 Daguanzhen, Guizhou China
17 Xixihe Qianda Footbridge
西溪河特大桥
(427) feet
130 meters
(328) feet
100 meters
2013-2015 Honglinxiang, Guizhou China
18 Yangshuihe Footbridge
洋水河特大桥
410 feet
125 meters
771 feet
235 meters
2015-2017 Xifeng, Guizhou China
19 Liuguihe Footbridge
六圭河大桥
(394) feet
120 meters
(722) feet
220 meters
2003-2005 Huangnitangzhen, Guizhou China
20 Hoover Dam Footbridge
(377) feet
115 meters
(492) feet
150 meters
(1931)-1935 Boulder City, Nevada United States
21 Wanlong Footbridge
湾龙桥
364 feet
111 meters
102 feet
31 meters
(2011)-(2014) Fa’er Bouyei, Guizhou China
22 Hepingxia Construction Bridge
贺坪峡大桥
(361) feet
110 meters
(328) feet
100 meters
2012-2014 Hepingxia, Hebei China
23 Xianghuoyan Footbridge
香火岩特大桥
344 feet
105 meters
853 feet
260 meters
2015-2017 Hefengxiang, Guizhou China
24 Maotai Footbridge
茅台特大桥
(328) feet
100 meters
(492) feet
150 meters
(2006)-2009 Renhuai, Guizhou China
25 Zhenzhu Footbridge
珍珠大桥
(312) feet
95 meters
(459) feet
140 meters
(2006)-2008 Wuchuan, Guizhou China
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