BRIDGES. Study Guide. Load- the weight on a bridge Dead load- bridge parts Live load- cars and pedestrians on the bridge Cable – provides structure for cable stayed or suspension. Holds decking in place. Tower- Vertical structure from which cables are hung.
Reinforced Concrete and steel are both strong in compression and tension. Concrete and wood are only strong in compression. They are weak in tension so reinforced concrete and steel would be the best materials to build a bridge with.