Little Niangua Suspension Bridge
The Little Niangua Suspension bridge looking west
|Crosses||Little Niangua River|
|Locale||Camden County, Missouri|
|Longest span||225 Feet|
|Constructed by||Clinton Bridge Company|
The Little Niangua Suspension Bridge is a Little Niangua River crossing in Camden County, Missouri on Route J. It is a two lane heavy vehicle bridge.
The Little Niangua River is a 64.4-mile-long (103.6 km) tributary of the Niangua River in the Ozarks region of central Missouri in the United States. Via the Niangua, Osage and Missouri rivers, it is part of the watershed of the Mississippi River. The Little Niangua was so named for its smaller size relative to the Niangua River.
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The bridge was constructed in 1933 by the Clinton Bridge Company. It was designed as a self-anchored bridge.
Clinton Bridge and Iron Works was a significant company in Clinton, Iowa.
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The bridge is still in use today and is in good condition; however it was closed in October 2007 for much needed repairs. These repairs included fixing movement underneath the deck.
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