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Bridge Parts

There are three main bridge areas which include all the basic components of bridge: Foundation, Substructure, and Superstructure. Bridges are complex structures, and since they can be made with many different materials and truss types, their components are almost too numerous to count. Here you can get informed about basic bridge parts and components.

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Pratt Truss Bridge

A pratt truss bridge design includes vertical components and diagonals that slope down towards the center. It was invented in 1844 by Thomas and Caleb Pratt. It was a common solution for railroad bridges when wood truss elements were replaced for metal. Here you can learn more about its history, its basic capabilities, and some of its most famous bridges that use it.

Arch Bridges

Arch Bridge is one of the most popular types of bridges, which can today be found all across the world. Here you can follow their path through history, from their first inception some 3000 years ago in Greece, to their renaissance in Ancient Rome, all up to modern times.

Channel Tunnel

One of the seven modern wonders of the world – Channel tunnel between Britain and France has a much longer history than we could assume at first sight. It existed in the minds of dreamers for two centuries.