Last edited 01 Apr 2020

Bridge structures

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A bridge is a spanning structure that creates a passage over an obstacle such as a river, gorge, valley, road, railway and so on.

Bridges are a common feature of the built environment and one of the key elements of civil engineering. The basic principles of bridge design are dependent on the nature of the spanning structure; its shape, materials, means of support, distance spanned, terrain, function, budget, exposure and so on.

The three basic types of bridge structure are:

Other definitions related to bridges include:

For more information about the different types of bridges and construction methods, see Bridge construction.

For information about some of the most famous bridges, see Bridges of the world.

Other articles on Designing Buildings Wiki about bridges, include:

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