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Bridge Models: Tied Arch Bridge

A tied arch bridge is an arch bridge in which the outward-directed horizontal forces of the arch are borne by the bridge deck, rather than the ground or the bridge foundations. The bridge deck ties the ends of the arch together, and is under tension, much like the string of a bow; therefore, this bridge design is sometimes called a bowstring arch bridge. The elimination of horizontal forces at the abutments allows a tied arch bridge to be constructed with less robust foundations; this bridge type can be easily situated on top of elevated piers or in areas of unstable soil. In addition, since they do not depend on horizontal squeezing forces for their integrity, tied arch bridges can be prefabricated offsite, and subsequently floated, hauled or lifted into place. (1)


A tied arch bridge spanning the Tennessee River  

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