This report is an overview of suspension bridges. A historical perspective of bridge construction design and materials is included, focusing on bridges of interest to the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet. The report is intended to provide background information on suspension bridges to those not well acquainted with the structures.
This is the first of a series of three reports concerning suspension bridges and wire corrosion. The second report addresses the sources and mechanistic features of suspension bridge wire corrosion. The third report discusses some technical aspects that should be addressed to preclude corrosion damage on suspension bridges.
In most jurisdictions, there is a dearth of suspension bridges compared to other bridge types. The purpose of this report is to aquaint those who are involved in bridge management with salient features of suspension bridges that often differ from those of other generic bridge types. A short history of suspension bridges which deals with the evolution of suspension bridge design also is included.
Source: University of Kentucky
Authors: Theodore Hopwood II | James H. Havens