American Society of Civil Engineers

Why Bridges Have Failed throughout History

by Charles Seim, P.E., F.ASCE, (Consulting Bridge Engineer, El Cerrito, California.)

Civil Engineering—ASCE
, Vol. 78, No. 5, May 2008, pp. 64-71,84-87

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Document type: Feature Article
Abstract: Recent bridge failures remind us that bridges have failed — either by collapse or by failing to meet expectations — throughout the ages. An examination of why bridge failures occurred in the past may offer insight into how to avoid such problems in the future.

ASCE Subject Headings:
Bridge failures