Kootenai Falls Swinging Bridge Construction Project

Photo showing the newly completed swinging bridge highlighting the metal support structure.


The first bridge was built by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) in 1937 to improve access for firefighting. The bridge was destroyed by flooding in 1948. In the 1950’s, the bridge was rebuilt on concrete towers. The bridge was reconstructed on the existing cables and supports in 1993. Other improvements (primarily plank replacement) have been made throughout the years. 

The Kootenai Bridge and Kootenai Falls are a very popular attraction and usage of the bridge has increased substantially over the past decade. The Forest Service determined that reconstruction of the bridge would be necessary to improve public safety.

Project Completion

The bridge project was started April 1, 2019 and was completed on August 1, 2019.  

Photo showing newly completed swinging bridge from the side with the Kootenai River below.