A Timber Bridge Initiative for Virginia: Special Report

Report No: 92-SR1

Published in 1991

About the report:

This report presents a plan for a timber bridge initiative in Virginia. It addresses (1) the immediate and future potential for using timber in the replacement of many of Virginia's bridges, (2) the available timber resources in Southside Virginia, (3) the wood species best suited for use in Phase I of the initiative, (4) factors affecting the economy with respect to timber bridges, and (5) the need for a supporting structural timber manufacturing industry in Virginia. For those who will be involved in the implementation of the plan, the report addresses (1) the national timber bridge initiative, (2) funding for a demonstration bridge, (3) particular modern concepts regarding timber bridges, and (4) other technical issues. In addition, sources of information concerning timber bridges and the locations of structural timber manufacturers are provided. Potentially, timber construction could be adapted to 5,612 bridges in Virginia. Of these, 521 need immediate repair or replacement. Thus, there is a potential for both immediate and long-term use of structural timber products on many of Virginia's bridges. The cost of these products are estimated to be $7.7 and $74.8 million, respectively, in 1991 dollars.

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.


Other Authors

Marvin H. Hilton, F. G. Sutherland, Elvin D. Frame

Last updated: December 25, 2023

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