Two test bridges were selected in Charlottesville, Virginia, to determine people's reactions to bridges covered with white, yellow, green, blue, red, brown, black, or aluminum-colored paint. One bridge was painted a different color each month, and the other was kept the same color for comparison. After each painting, interviews were held with (a) motorists seeing the bridges, (b) persons living near the bridges, and (c) people with formal aesthetic training. More than 1,300 interviews were held for the 10 different bridge colors. The results show that white, yellow, light blue, and green are definitely perferred over brown, black, and aluminum by all groups. Red and dark blue were liked by aesthetically trained people; others thought less highly of them. On the basis of this study, it is recommended that more extensive use of popular colors be considered for highway bridges in the United States. A technique to aid in making a color selection for any given bridge has been developed to photographically color-alter the picture of a bridge so that color comparisions can be easily and inexpensively made.

Media Info

  • Media Type: Print
  • Features: Figures; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: pp 1-5
  • Monograph Title: Bridge design
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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00265547
  • Record Type: Publication
  • ISBN: 0309023505
  • Files: TRIS, TRB
  • Created Date: Feb 11 1975 12:00AM