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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.
Over the last 3000 years, engineers and architects have devised many ways of building bridges. Here you can see for yourself bridge types that are in use today, from what materials they are made, and for what uses are they built.
Tied-arch bridge is a bridge that carries itself and can be constructed at places that have problems with unstable soil. It can be problematic if it is not maintained properly but there are tied-arch bridges that are over a century old and are still in use.
One of the first modern bridges to be made were truss bridges. They could be made of wood which some places had plethora and could withstand larger weights. They were later made of iron and steel. Many of those old modern bridges still stand.