The weakest point of a stone arch bridge of limestone is the waterline masonry, for it is prone to disintegrating in water.
Basket-handle arches have some unique, beneficial characteristics as well as some serious weaknesses as a result of their unusual shape.
Essentially a cross between Roman and segmental arches, the basket-handle arches form a unique group of intriguing arch designs.
Before Cowley County, Kansas began building its famous stone arch bridges in earnest, the city of Winfield built one at the entrance of Island Park.
Building mortarless stonework can be a challenge, but a simple look at how things move and what keeps them in place can bring rewarding results.
Arches are among the most challenging pieces of stonework to build. Fortunately, there are some simple design tricks can simplify their construction.
For multiple span bridges, cutwaters on the piers provide some basic benefits which greatly enhances the structure’s resistance to floods.
The amount of weight a stone arch bridge can handle is related to a variety of factors including span, arch thickness, condition and more.
We have released a detailed account of the unique history of Pudden Bridge, the famous triple-arch stone bridge near Dexter, Cowley County, Kansas.
Mutli-span stone arch bridges can be modestly challenging to build, but open up several possibilities for increasing waterway, if planned correctly.