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The 15 m to 45 m (50 ft to 148 ft) span range is representative of the majority of bridges encountered in motorway, principal and trunk road schemes. The difference between an expensive and an economical bridge originates from a few very simple decisions at the design stage. The purpose of the paper, therefore, is to offer a few suggestions at a practical level the adoption of which should generally lead to economic solutions for the more regular bridge situations.
The fourth in the series of surveys of chartered engineers undertaken by the CEI was conducted in the summer of 1973 and the Survey was published in December last. Copies of the full survey are obtainable from the CEI, 2 Little Smith Street, London SW1P 3DL price f4.50.
The design and construction of a number of short span road bridges which were built to replace older structures in an urban area are described.