The weakest point of a stone arch bridge of limestone is the waterline masonry, for it is prone to disintegrating in water.
While drystack arches are more challenging to build than their mortared counterparts, following some simple rules can ensure rewarding success.
Deteriorated stones in a stone arch bridge are almost inevitably a sign of water infiltrating into the structure and needs to be taken seriously.
Do to how weight is loaded onto the arch of a stone arch bridge, long individual spans present an intriguing and difficult challenge.
Walter Sharp, the famous stone arch bridge builder of Cowley County, Kansas, had a secret to building stone arches quickly and inexpensively.
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.
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.