Spanning the Gap: Lessons in Bridge Engineering

December 5, 2013

Perhaps more than any other area in the country, Washington state has a history of collapsing bridges. From the infamous Galloping Gertie and the Old I-90 bridge to the most recent Skagit bridge collapse, these “unintended field tests” have provided useful lessons for designers, contractors and engineers. Over 21% of Washington bridges are considered functionally obsolete and the average age of our nation’s bridges is 42 years. As we look to the bridges of the future, what are the major technological breakthroughs that have led to dramatic shifts in design and construction? Join us and learn more about engineering the bridges of tomorrow.

John Stanton, Professor, UW Civil & Environmental Engineering