Covered Bridge Connection (Available in Structural Engineering Special Issue only)

by Brian Fortner, Contributing Editor; Civil Engineering Magazine, ASCE World Headquarters, 1801 Alexander Bell Drive, Reston, VA.,

Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 1999, Vol. 69, Issue 4, Pg. A2-A5

Document Type: Feature article


A 145-year-old timber bridge in Downsville, New York, now rests on the longest glue-laminated wood beams ever produced in the United States. Six 53 m (174 ft) long chords were threaded through the structure's maze of posts, counterbracing, and arch braces. The restoration effort combined modern materials with 19th century craftsmanship.

Subject Headings: Covered bridges | Bridge engineering | Structural engineering

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