Steel Cable-Stayed Bridges: Can They Compete in the U.S.?

by Nils D. Olsson, (M.ASCE), Dir. of Project Development; DRC Consultants, Inc., New York, N.Y.,

Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 1982, Vol. 52, Issue 5, Pg. 59-61

Document Type: Feature article


During the past decade, concrete bridge designs have been winning more bids for contracts than steel cable-stayed bridges. Reasons for this trend are examined. A brief evolution of bridge technology is presented. Rapport between the designer and fabricator/constructor is discussed. The effect of the American steel industry is considered. It is argued that cable-stayed bridges permit greater design innovation.

Subject Headings: Bridge design | Steel bridges | Cable stayed bridges | Cables | Concrete bridges | Bids | Contracts | Bridges

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