Some of the basic rules of masonry, which, if followed, help ensure the successful building of a sturdy stone bridge or other stone structure.
The stone masons and contractors who built stone arch bridges in an area, such as Kansas, usually had their own recognizable style of workmanship.
An arch supports weight by controlling the forces at play in such a manner that they are actually used to strengthen the arch’s spanning abilities.
The pros and cons and design logic behind multi-span stone arch bridges. Multi-span arch bridges are often necessary for spanning wide streams.
The basic process for determining where and how to build a stone arch bridge, with the DIY enthusiast kept specifically in mind.
Stone arch bridges, like any other bridge, need to be designed with the properties of the stream they are to span kept in mind to ensure long life.
The thickness of an arch is determined by the arch’s type, span and masonry, with thicker arches generally being both forgiving and stronger.
While the stone for an arch bridge is generally reflective of local geology, different types of stone perform better in different parts of the bridge.
Making the wedge-shaped stones necessary to form an arch can be challenging, often prompting builders to utilize easier ways to “turn” stone arches.
Many stone bridges were built with shallow foundations, often with various tricks added past and present to try to improve their stability.