A Rating System for the Esthetics of Bridges

Report No: 80-R51

Published in 1980

About the report:

There is a need for a tangible way to evaluate the esthetic or visual characteristics of bridges. This report describes such a method based on a numerical experiential rating scale of -10 to +10. Negative values represent unpleasurable responses; positive values, pleasurable ones. Using the rating method proposed seven kinds of bridges are evaluated. Their esthetic rating numbers range from a low of -3.6 to a high of +5.3.This definable way of measuring esthetics provides engineers a means of calculating the appearance of a bridge along with its other engineering aspects.

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 24, 2024

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