METHODS OF MODIFYING HISTORIC BRIDGES FOR CONTEMPORARY USE

Studied by a team of experts in the fields of history, bridge engineering, architecture, and computer analysis were twenty-one old truss bridges of historical importance located in Virginia. These old bridges are narrow and have low load-carrying capacities, making them targets for replacement and destruction. On a case-by-case basis, the bridges were investigated as to their potentials for strengthening and widening for normal vehicular use. Also explored were non-vehicular uses as for conversion into craft centers, museums, restaurants, housing, bicycle structurs, and the like, at either the present site or a new one. The wide array of possibilities for continuned use of the old bridges described in this report show that old bridges do indeed have much useful life left in them and that it is not always necessary that they be demolished. (FHWA)

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  • Corporate Authors:

    Virginia Highway and Transportation Research Council

    Charlottesville, VA  United States 

    Virginia Department of Highways

    Traffic and Planning Division, 1221 East Broad Street
    Richmond, VA  United States  23219
  • Authors:
    • Zuk, W
    • Newlon, H H
    • McKeel, W T
  • Publication Date: 1980-6

Media Info

  • Pagination: 110 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00329736
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Federal Highway Administration
  • Report/Paper Numbers: FHWA/VA-80/48 Final Rpt.
  • Contract Numbers: 1572
  • Files: NTL, TRIS, USDOT, STATEDOT
  • Created Date: Mar 12 1981 12:00AM