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This work is focused on the doubly nonlinear equation , whose solutions represent the bending motion of an extensible, elastic bridge suspended by continuously distributed cables which are flexible and elastic with stiffness . When the ends are pinned, long-term dynamics is scrutinized for arbitrary values of axial load and stiffness . For a general external source , we prove the existence of bounded absorbing sets. When is time-independent, the related semigroup of solutions is shown to possess the global attractor of optimal regularity and its characterization is given in terms of the steady states of the problem.