It goes without saying that bridges are important. No matter what your mode of travel, bridges are often the only way to get across a river, train tracks, a busy highway, or maybe even a canyon, gorge or gully. Without bridges, just getting to work or going to the grocery store could take several days instead of 10 minutes. But fortunately for us, our ancestors recognized the necessity of these structures and set us up for modern day success.
From clapper bridges to suspension bridges, bridge technology has shaped our transportation patterns and aided us in connecting with other peoples and cultures that once seemed distant and out of reach. Check out this infographic produced by Ohio University’s Online Masters in Civil Engineering program to learn more about the five major bridge types, where they originated and how they’ve evolved over time.
It’s clear that without advanced technologies we’d still be going the long way around to get to and from our destinations. Has your business contributed to the development of bridge technology? Share your projects with us on social media — Facebook and Twitter!