Rattlesnake Creek Pedestrian Bridge
Sponsored: (completed)


Primary Contact


Phil Gardner




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The Rattlesnake National Recreation Area is a popular destination for area residents, but access was limited to the east side of Rattlesnake Creek. Friends of Missoula Parks and the City of Missoula wanted to install a bridge that was environmentally friendly, used sustainable design and fit into its surroundings. The new award winning 90-foot cable suspension bridge was open to the public on April 21, 2006.

Not only does this bridge provide a crucial link between the Rattlesnake and the city’s trail system, it also serves as a great example of implementing sustainable and recycled materials.

The bridge was funded with a US Forest Service Small Diameter Timber Grant, a Recreational Trails Program – Fish, Wildlife and Parks Grant and private donations.


The Bridge and HDR Engineering received many awards and accolades:

  • 2007 American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC): Engineering Excellence Awards, Honor Award
  • 2007 America Road and Transportation Builders (ARTBA): Globe Award, 1st Place Bridge Category
  • 2007 National Council of Structural Engineers Associations (NCSEA): Finalist Project Award, Second Place
  • 2008 Association of Conservation Engineers (ACE): First Place Award of Excellence


  • City of Missoula
  • Northwestern Energy
  • HDR Engineering
  • USFS
  • MCDC
  • Pew Construction