At 5,353 feet, the Chain of Rocks Bridge across the Mississippi River just north of St. Louis has been described as the "longest pedestrian bridge in the world" for the past decade. Unfortunately, I learned last weekend that the Walkway Over the Hudson in Poughkeepsie, New York now holds that title at 6,767 feet. It opened on October 3, 2009, nearly two years ago.
Chain of Rocks fans can take comfort that their bridge is much more impressive architecturally to users -- its steel structure is above the bridge deck for walkers and riders to admire, whereas the Walkway's structure is hidden beneath. Of course, the Chain of Rocks also has ties to legendary U.S. Route 66 rather than the Walkway's long and forgettable series of railroad operators.