A Forecast of Bridge Engineering, 1980-2000

Report No: 79-R55

Published in 1979

About the report:

A three-pronged study was undertaken to forecast the nature of bridge engineering and construction for the years 1980 to 2000. First, the history of bridge engineering was explored to extrapolate likely future developments. Second, a detailed questionnaire on the future of bridges was sent to authorities on the subject, and their responses were analyzed. Third, an extensive body of literature dealing with the future was examined for information relating directly or indirectly to bridges. From all of this, both specific and general conclusions concerning bridge engineering for the last part of this century were determined. Also presented is a list of research that is needed to meet the challenges ahead.

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.


  • William Zuk

Last updated: January 25, 2024

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