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HIGHWAYS AGENCY ENCOURAGES BEAUTIFUL BRIDGES

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Today the Highways Agency publishes the advice 'The Appearance of Bridges and Other Highway Structures.' ...
Today the Highways Agency publishes the advice 'The Appearance of Bridges and Other Highway Structures.'

John Watts, minister for railways, road and public transport said:

'The principles it sets out should set a benchmark for design quality for structures associated with roads which include retaining walls, tunnels and buildings as well as bridges.

'Whether we consider a major motorway bridge over a river estuary or a pedestrian bridge connecting a footpath in the remote uplands we should expect the best design for its context.'

The book combines the collected wisdom of some of the world's foremost bridge designers and feedback from the practical experience and research of the highway authorities for motorways and trunk roads in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. It illustrates both best practice and some examples of poor design to highlight that good design should be an integral part of every road scheme.

The American Transportation Research Board has already hailed the book. They commented: 'It is an impressive work and one that should serve the engineering profession both in your country and abroad for many decades.'

-- 'The Appearance of Bridges and Other Highway Structures is published by The Stationery Office at £35, ISBN 0-11-551804-5.

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