There is a tendency for traffic loads to increase with the passage of time. It is not uncommon, therefore, for bridges to be strengthened and/or widened or sometimes to have lanes or even complete decks added. A few bridges were designed initially with a view to future expansion, such as the George Washington Suspension Bridge, designed to accommodate an extra deck, and the Salazar (now April 25) Bridge, designed to have two train tracks added, but these are exceptions. Suspension bridges behave somewhat differently from other bridge types, and the methods for increasing capacity can also be different. Some ideas are presented of how suspension bridges can be altered to accommodate more load, be it automobile, pedestrian, or even train traffic, and some examples are given. The importance of understanding both structural behavior and structural safety is emphasized.


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  • Accession Number: 00961868
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Aug 27 2003 12:00AM