Bridge Structures

Bridge Structures
Design of composite, continuous beam, and girder bridges, including piers, abutments, floor systems, and bearings; field trips to observe bridge construction and fabrication.
 Hours3.0 Credit, 3.0 Lecture, 0.0 Lab
 PrerequisitesCE EN 421 & CE EN 424; or equivalent.
 ProgramsContaining CE EN 525
Course Outcomes


Explain the world's history of bridges.

Surface Transportation

Explain the USA's surface transportation law.

Federal Code

Explain the USA's Code of Federal Regulations applicability to bridges.

Design Philosophy

Explain the USA's bridge design philosophy.

Design Specification

Explain the USA's bridge design specifications.

Load Distribution

Explain the loads that a bridge sustains and how they are distributed.

Bridge Elements

Explain the elements of a bridge and how they are constructed.


Explain current innovation in bridge design and construction.

Contract Documents

Read and understand bridge project contract documents including plans, specifications, and estimates.

Structure Design

Design a bridge's structure type, width, span, and vertical clearance.

Deck Design

Design a bridge's reinforced concrete deck.

Prestressed Concrete Girder Design

Design a bridge's prestressed conrete girders.

Steel Plate Girder Design

Design a bridge's welded-steel plate girders.