We’ve come a long way: The history of bridge technology


Clapper bridges, beam bridges, truss bridges, arch bridges, and suspension bridges. The industry sure has come a long way hasn’t it?

The above image is an infographic created by Ohio University’s Engineering and Technology program on bridge construction techniques and technologies throughout history, comparing historic bridge designs with contemporary ones.

The infographic was released after OMA and OLIN were selected as the winners of a competition to conceptualize the 11th Street Bridge Park in Washington D.C. OMA and OLIN’s design calls for calls for a plaza, an enclosed cafĂ©, an environmental center and other elements that could revolutionize the way we see bridges (see below).