Cornell University Suspension Bridge

Building Bridges - Traverse Tompkins

Cornell University Suspension Bridge

Ithaca, New York 14850, United States

Created By: Ithaca Heritage


The dramatic suspension bridge over the Fall Creek gorge near the Johnson Museum is the second one built in that location. The first, constructed in 1913 by the Cornell Heights Land Company, was one of three bridges built to accommodate the new “suburban” neighborhood north of the campus. The others, at Stewart Ave. and Triphammer Bridge at East Ave., were for cars.
By the middle of the 20th century the pedestrian bridge was showing signs of decay, and a new one was officially opened in 1961. The suspension design shares some of its strength and beauty with a spider’s web, with its cables, woven from many strands of steel, connecting to the massive towers at each end of the walkway.

This point of interest is part of the tour: Building Bridges - Traverse Tompkins


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