Carnegie Mellon University

Other Resources

Truss bridge

Drawbridge, Seattle, WA

Many professional organizations and other groups have fun and interesting information about bridges.  Here are some that may be of interest to you:

  • We were inspired to create this site to complement the book Engineering Bridges Connecting the World by Pendred Noyce. [Tumblehome Learning, Inc. 2019]
  • Did you know that Pittsburgh has more than 2,000 bridges?  To learn more about many of them, see Pittsburgh's Bicentennial Bridging Past to Present, developed by the University of Pittsburgh
  • Building Big, produced by WGBH for PBS Online, with support from the National Science Foundation 
    • Also see Bridges at the Building Big site 
  • How Bridges Work, by Robert Lamb and Michael Morrissey, 
  • The Association for Bridge Design and Construction has links to live webcams, images and details about many bridges around the world! 
  • A 2018 TED talk delivered by Ian Firth, a UK-based engineer and bridge designer, explores the ingenuity of bridges and its power to build community through connectivity. Here is an excerpt: “The world needs bridges. Have you ever thought about what it would be like not to have any? It’s hard to imagine a civilization without bridges, because they’re so essential for the growth and development of a society. They’re not just about a safe way across a river or an obstacle, they shout about connectivity, community… they reveal something about creativity, or ingenuity, they even hint at our identity…”