Structural and Aesthetic Considerations in the Design of Curved Cable-Supported Pedestrian Bridges

Pedestrian bridges should create interest in their configuration and demonstrate the possibilities of bridge engineering. A curved plan may allow a bridge to be oriented toward a particular view or to fit into a larger urban design plan. The design of curved cable-supported pedestrian bridges requires certain aesthetic and structural considerations. Two case studies are presented: a recently completed 380-ft curved pedestrian bridge supported by a single suspension cable over the Reedy River in Greenville, South Carolina, and a proposed curved cable-stayed bridge over the Charles River next to the Museum of Science in Boston, Massachusetts. The curved configuration of these bridges takes advantage of opposing cable forces to provide dynamic stability with a minimum of materials and without the use of dampers. Both bridges are expected to become instant icons because of their unique configurations and spectacular sites.


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  • Accession Number: 01002465
  • Record Type: Publication
  • ISBN: 0309093813
  • Files: TRIS, TRB
  • Created Date: Jul 28 2005 4:13PM