Timber in Bridges of West Coast

by Shan Somayaji, California Polytechnic State Univ, San Luis Obispo, CA, USA,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Application and Performance of Structural Materials and Exterior Facades


Experience has shown that timber can function very well as a bridge material. Proper inspection procedures combined with a structured maintenance program can improve the performance of timber bridges. In many parts of the country, timber bridges are being used to rehabilitate old deteriorated concrete or steel bridges. But in the West Coast, timber bridges are being replaced by concrete bridges. Higher initial costs, plus rigorous inspection requirements are to blame.

Subject Headings: Steel bridges | Wood | Wood bridges | Coastal environment | Bridge decks | Infrastructure construction | Concrete bridges | Bridge management

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