Tag: Load Ratings

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

In mid-May of 2018 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 the bridge to… Read More »

A Crash Course for Load Ratings and Bridge Posting Signs

By David Johnson, PE Have You Ever Wondered What Those Weight Signs Posted at the Ends of a Bridge Mean? These weight posting signs display the maximum safe weight for a vehicle. Since there are a number of different vehicle sizes and shapes on the roads today, different types of vehicles called “Legal Loads” are… Read More »