Bridge Esthetic Guidelines

Report No: 76-R12

Published in 1975

About the report:

As esthetics is not an exact science, differences of opinion occur, even between experts; however, studies had found that in most cases there were statistical preferences. These preferences are presented. For the convenience of the designer, a format using systematic diagrams of the component parts of short and medium length highway bridges used in Virginia is employed. Diagrams illustrating less preferred designs, augmented with brief statements concerning the rationale, are shown. Selected references are included.

Disclaimer Statement:The contents of this report reflect the views of the author(s), who is responsible for the facts and the accuracy of the data presented herein. The contents do not necessarily reflect the official views or policies of the Virginia Department of Transportation, the Commonwealth Transportation Board, or the Federal Highway Administration. This report does not constitute a standard, specification, or regulation. Any inclusion of manufacturer names, trade names, or trademarks is for identification purposes only and is not to be considered an endorsement.


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William Zuk

Last updated: January 29, 2024

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