Bridges That "Fit"
Designing bridges that fit their surrounding both environmentally
By James Sipes
rendering by Jeffrey Joyce
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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