Bridge of Honor - Pomeroy, Ohio

Advantages of Concrete Bridges

Concrete bridges have been built in North America since 1889, when a single arch concrete bridge spanning 20 ft was built in California. In 2013, over 400,000 concrete bridges were documented in the National Bridge Inventory.

Concrete bridges have many advantages including:

  • Adaptability

    Concrete bridges can be formed to match the environment and have been used for large and small spans.

  • Resilience

    Concrete bridges have proven to be resilient against all types of loads and impact.

  • Structural Redundancy

    Concrete bridges form redundant load paths, leading to reliable structural performance.

  • Long Term Durability

    Concrete bridges have proven to be durable, even in harsh environments.

  • Low Maintenance

    Concrete bridges require little maintenance.

  • Rapid Construction

    Concrete bridges may be rapidly constructed using local labor.

  • Economy

    Concrete bridges prove to be economical in initial cost and over the long term.

  • Flexibility

    Concrete bridges may be formed using a variety of methods and can meet the demands of any load rating or design features.

  • Aesthetics

    Concrete bridges may include many aesthetic features such as color, shape, texture, design or patents.

  • Versatility

    Concrete bridges may be used anywhere a crossing is required. They may be reinforced, prestressed, precast, post-tensioned, segmental or cast-in-place to meet the design requirements.

  • Constructability

    Concrete bridges are rapidly constructed using a variety of construction techniques.