Kimley-Horn Structural Experts Explore Wind Load Criteria
Gavin Good and Aaron Gordon Examine the Code Requirements for Pedestrian Bridges
As public and private developers invest in alternative modes of transportation, pedestrian and multi-use bridges are becoming increasingly popular. While pedestrian bridges share some features with bridges designed for vehicles, these structures require special attention to vibration, lateral load capacity, and other design components.
In an article published in STRUCTURE magazine, Gavin Good, P.E., and Aaron Gordon, P.E., detail the challenges engineers face when establishing wind load requirements for a pedestrian bridge. Particular challenges include cross-referencing a variety of specifications and analysis methods to generate loads on the structure. This can result in overly conservative approaches to wind loading, yielding much higher construction costs for pedestrian and multi-use bridges.
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