Jefferson Avenue Footbridge

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Jefferson Street Footbridge
Jefferson Avenue footbridge.jpg
Jefferson Street Footbridge
Jefferson Avenue Footbridge is located in Missouri
Jefferson Avenue Footbridge
Location Jefferson Ave., bet. Commercial and Chase Sts., Springfield, Missouri
Coordinates 37°13′58″N 93°17′21″W / 37.23278°N 93.28917°W / 37.23278; -93.28917Coordinates: 37°13′58″N 93°17′21″W / 37.23278°N 93.28917°W / 37.23278; -93.28917
Area less than one acre
Architectural style Other, Cantilever Through Truss
Governing body Local
NRHP Reference # 03000865[1]
Added to NRHP September 2, 2003

The 562-foot (171 m) Jefferson Avenue Footbridge in Springfield, Missouri. Built in 1902, it allows pedestrians to cross 13 sets of railroad tracks.

As the footbridge approached its 100th anniversary, it became apparent that a major rehabilitation was required to preserve the aging structure. The City of Springfield partnered with the Commercial Club and the Urban Districts Alliance to obtain federal transportation enhancement grants and Community Development Block Grant funding to save the historic footbridge.

In addition to the extensive rehabilitation work on the footbridge, a gathering place plaza was created adjacent to the Commercial Street terminus. The rehabilitation work was conducted in 2001 and 2002 at a cost of just over $518,000. Nearly 100 years after the original footbridge was constructed, the rehabilitated structure was reopened to pedestrian traffic and rededicated April 17, 2002.

Trainwatching from the bridge is a popular activity.


  1. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2010-07-09. 

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The bridge over some freight cars.