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Bridges That "Fit"
Designing bridges that fit their surrounding both environmentally and aesthetically.
By James Sipes

rendering by Jeffrey Joyce Design

Each year in this country we spend somewhere between $6 billion and $8 billion for highway bridge design, construction, replacement, and rehabilitation. And although aesthetics and impacts on natural resources may not have been considered important in the past, that has changed, in large part because greater concern and awareness by both the public and decision makers has resulted in new policies, procedures, and legislation addressing bridge design, construction, and maintenance. Landscape architects are playing a major role in designing bridges that not only fit visually with their surroundings, but are also respectful of those surroundings.

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