Bridges of the 21st Century

Report No: 89-R7

Published in 1988

About the report:

Although the future cannot be predicted with certainty, there are a number of potentially useful new bridge concepts and ideas in the offing that give forecasting some credibility. These are discussed first with regard to the repair or rehabilitation of old existing bridges and then with respect to new 21st Century bridges. Three classifications of changes are expected in new bridges: namely minor, major, and radical. Each of these is described in some detail. Finally, examples of some of the more interesting new structures are illustrated, along with their possible locations. It is hoped that this presentation, although speculative, will not only stimulate thinking but lead to the eventual construction of the next generation of bridges.

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: December 28, 2023

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