Load rating of masonry arch bridges: Refinements

Thomas E. Boothby, Paul J. Fanning

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In a paper previously published by the first writer, a procedure for load-rating masonry arch bridges was introduced. The procedure uses the Load Factor Method of the 1994 American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials Manual for the Condition Evaluation of Bridges, applied to a frame analysis model of a masonry arch spanning from abutment to abutment. The procedure is based on the assumption of the arch barrel having no tensile strength. The objective of this technical note is to complement the initial procedure by enabling the assessing engineer to exercise discretion in deciding whether or not a small value of tensile strength should be allowable in determining a suitable rating for masonry arch bridges. In addition the initially proposed strength values, which are considered overly conservative, are increased. The introduction of these refinements will allow a more accurate assessment of the nation's stock of stone masonry bridges.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)304-307
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Bridge Engineering
Issue number3
StatePublished - May 1 2004

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Building and Construction


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