Jefferson Avenue Footbridge

Coordinates: 37°13′58″N 93°17′21″W / 37.23278°N 93.28917°W / 37.23278; -93.28917
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Jefferson Street Footbridge
Jefferson Street Footbridge
Jefferson Avenue Footbridge is located in Missouri
Jefferson Avenue Footbridge
Location in Missouri
Jefferson Avenue Footbridge is located in the United States
Jefferson Avenue Footbridge
Location in United States
LocationJefferson Ave., bet. Commercial and Chase Sts., Springfield, Missouri
Coordinates37°13′58″N 93°17′21″W / 37.23278°N 93.28917°W / 37.23278; -93.28917
Arealess than one acre
Built byAmerican Bridge Company
EngineerJ.W. Hoover
Architectural styleCantilever truss
NRHP reference No.03000865[1]
Added to NRHPSeptember 2, 2003

Jefferson Avenue Footbridge is a historic footbridge located in Springfield, Missouri, United States. Built in 1902, it measures 562-foot (171 m) long and allows pedestrians to cross 13 sets of railroad tracks.[2]

It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2003.[1]

As the footbridge approached its 100th anniversary, it became apparent that a major rehabilitation was required to preserve the aging structure. Springfield City officials partnered with the city's Commercial Club 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 between 2001 and 2002 at a cost of over $518,000. Nearly 100 years after the original footbridge was constructed, the rehabilitated structure was reopened to pedestrian traffic and rededicated on April 17, 2002.

The bridge was closed on March 1, 2016. Missouri Governor Mike Parson said on June 30, 2023 that the Jefferson Avenue Footbridge would be repaired and able to walk on around 2024 or 2025.


  1. ^ a b "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. July 9, 2010.
  2. ^ Robert Flanders and Oliva Hough (March 2003). "National Register of Historic Places Inventory Nomination Form: Jefferson Avenue Footbridge" (PDF). Missouri Department of Natural Resources. Retrieved 2017-01-01. (includes 11 photographs from 2002)

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