Bridge Engineering Failures: The Importance of Bridge Engineering

The original Tacoma Narrows Bridge, the most dramatic failure in bridge engineering history.
“The original Tacoma Narrows Bridge”, the most dramatic failure in bridge engineering history.

Bridge engineers help vehicles and pedestrians cross obstacles. They are civil engineers who specialize in design or construction. Others inspect and plan the rehabilitation of older bridges. All reshape the very environment in which we live.

When bridges fail, the consequences can be devastating.“The original Tacoma Narrows Bridge”, opened on July 1, 1940, was the world’s third-longest suspension bridge. A windstorm precipitated its collapse four months later becoming the most dramatic failure in bridge engineering history.

Bayside Can Help 

Bayside has been providing professional bridge engineering services for close to 50 years. Our design team has successfully completed over three hundred Massachusetts bridge and highway projects.

Recent failures of major structures have prompted growing public concern about bridge safety, and Bayside is being called upon to play an increasingly active role in the rehabilitation of the Commonwealth’s bridge and culvert structures.

The Federal government estimates that more than half of the nation’s 264,000 state and interstate bridges and its 302,000 city, town and county bridges are structurally deficient or functionally obsolete. As Massachusetts seeks to rectify this critical situation, Bayside, with its broad experience in bridge design and rehabilitation, will certainly be an asset.

Bayside has a history of involvement in solutions to this widespread problem. Since 1975, the firm has been inspecting and rating bridges of all types as part of the Massachusetts Bridge Rating Program for the MassDOT. To date, we have reported on over 3,000 structures. Many reports with repair recommendations have resulted in subsequent rehabilitation or replacement design contracts.

Local Massachusetts’s cities and towns are currently being called upon to maintain and safeguard the many bridge and culvert structures located within their communities. State and Federal governments have transferred responsibility directly to the municipality to contract for professional bridge engineering services.

Bayside has been providing these services successfully, efficiently and economically to numerous municipalities throughout Massachusetts. Our professional qualifications and experience demonstrate a long history of successful bridge projects in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

Contact us to see how we can help!