Wingwalls can be important to a stone arch bridge’s structural integrity. While easily damaged, numerous ways to repair or replace them exist.
The double arch Neer Bridge near Cambridge in Cowley County, Kansas, was built to replace a prior stone bridge built just years before.
For multiple span bridges, cutwaters on the piers provide some basic benefits which greatly enhances the structure’s resistance to floods.
The weakest point of an arch are the faces, for these faces are vulnerable to impacts and improper design can lead to the arch being destroyed.
A stone arch bridge, while an enduring structure in its own right, does need to see some basic maintenance to ensure maximum longevity and usefulness.