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Section 2: Bridges

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Bridge Aesthetics

Bridges and their approaches are the largest single structures in the roadway. Their appearances may have a positive or negative affect on the image of the highway and the surrounding community.

One of the primary design goals of the bridge designer is to unite the bridge with its immediate environs or set the architectural tone for future development. This approach provides the designer with direction and guidance in the design process and helps assure that the aesthetic properties of the bridges are appropriate and effective.

A more detailed discussion of bridge design, including aesthetic considerations can be found in the Bridge Design Manual.

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