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Historic Bridge Resources

This page contains documents and websites with information about historic bridge inventories, evaluation and management.


Historic Bridge Practices Nationwide: Inventory, Evaluation and Management – Mead & Hunt in cooperation with Historic Bridge Alliance, 2008

Guidelines for Historic Bridge Rehabilitation and Replacement - American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO), Standing Committee on the Environment, March 2007.

Context for Common Historic Bridge Types – National Cooperative Highway Research Program, NCHRP Project 25-25, Task 15, October 2005.

Historic Bridges: A Heritage At Risk – A Report on a Workshop on the Preservation and Management of Historic Bridges, Washington D.C. 3-4, 2003, Federal Highway Administration Office of Project Development and Environmental Review, Reference No. PR#69-01-4002, June 2004.

Historic Highway Bridge Preservation Practices – National Cooperative Highway Research Program, HCHRP Synthesis Report #275, October 1999.

Surface Transportation & Uniform Relocation Assistance Act of 1987: Section 123 (f) Historic Bridges Section 23 U.S.C. 144 (o) (P.L. 100-17)

Historic Bridges – Criteria for Decision Making – National Cooperative Highway Research Program, Synthesis of Highway Practice #101, October 1983

HAER Technical Leaflet 95, Bridge Truss Types: a guide to dating and identifying – Historic American Engineering Record, National Park Service, May 1977

Metal Truss Bridge Types Poster – Historic American Engineering Program, October 1976


AASHTO Center for Environmental Excellence - Historic Bridges

FHWA website - Historic Bridge section

Information Memorandum: Interpretation of Title 23, Section 144(o) Reasonable Costs Associated with the Demolition of Historic Bridges
(April 26, 2001)

HABS/HAER website

Historic Bridges of the United States

Historic Bridge Foundation

General Reference Material

The Buffalo- Springfield Roller Co. Bridge Report (Feb. 1939) – report commissioned by AHTD to document the condition of old bridges in Arkansas that could be replaced in 1940.

Wrought Iron Bridge Company Pamphlet – distributed by the Wrought Iron Bridge Company in 1882, to display the numerous metal truss styles that could be constructed by the company for railroad or wagon bridges.

A Textbook on Roofs and Bridges: Volume III Bridge Design – book written in 1902 that discusses early metal bridge design and construction.

1922 Engineering News-Record: Garrison Ave. Bridge – article written by the Resident Engineer of the Missouri Valley Bridge & Iron Company (builder) describing the design and construction of the Garrison Avenue Bridge over the Arkansas River in Fort Smith, Arkansas.

Reinforced Concrete Bridge of Luten Design – brochure that was published by the Luten Bridge Company to showcase concrete arch bridges designed and built by the company.

Luten Trusses for Concrete Bridges – brochure published by the David B. Luten discussing his truss design for concrete bridges.

Illinois River Bridge (Midway Bridge) Plans – design plans drawn by David B. Luten in 1922 for a two span concrete arch bridge over the Illinois River in northwest Arkansas.


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