Canadian Highway Bridge Design Code
1.1.1 Scope of Code
The Code applies to the design, evaluation, and structural rehabilitation
design of fixed and movable highway bridges in Canada. There is no limit on
span length, but the provisions do not necessarily cover all aspects of design
for every type of long span bridge. Provisions are also included for the
design of pedestrian bridges, retaining walls, barriers, and highway accessory
supports of a structural nature, such as lighting poles and sign support
The Code is not intended to apply to public utility structures nor to bridges
used solely for railway or rail transit purposes.
Requirements are not specified for the consideration of coastal effects such as
exposure to sea action and icebergs, nor for conditions in high mountain
terrain such as avalanche effects. Experienced specialists must be retained to
advise on or review the design of structures that may be subject to such
effects, and must ensure that all relevant and applicable requirements of other
codes are met.
For bridges not entirely within the scope of the Code, its provisions apply
only when appropriate. All necessary additional or alternative design criteria
are subject to Approval.
Several Sections have Appendices that contain less frequently used or
referenced material. These Appendices should be considered as part of the
Section to which they are appended.