Tag: Bridge Design

How Much Weight is Too Much for a Bridge? Engineers’ Ratings Have the Answer

By Christopher McMahon, PE, CBI In mid-May a driver crossing a bridge in the Town of Lafayette in Chippewa County, Wisconsin, noticed something was wrong with the bridge. Town officials quickly saw the problem – the bridge had a major crack in the deck, and a pier pile holding up the bridge had buckled, causing… Read More »

Building Bridges without Tangling Traffic

By Dave Pantzlaff, PE Quite often in our world of designing bridges for clients, we come across situations where we cannot simply close the road, take out or rehabilitate the existing bridge, and provide a detour for the public while the bridge is under construction. Maybe the bridge is on a dead-end road, providing the… Read More »

Accolades Continue for Picturesque Courtney Campbell Bridge

The Ayres-designed Courtney Campbell Multiuse Trail Bridge continues to attract attention. The 3,258-foot-long pedestrian bridge, which runs adjacent to the busy Courtney Campbell Causeway in Florida, is the cover story in the current edition of the American Society of Highway Engineers’ newsletter, the ASHE Scanner. The bridge provides a safe route from Clearwater to Tampa,… Read More »