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Appendix H

Soil Properties

Bridges ultimately transfer all of their loads to the earth. Unless the foundation is on bedrock, the bridge will transfer loads through the soil. This appendix provides approximate values for several key soil characteristics (Tables H-1, H-2 and H-3; and Figure H-1). Due to the large degree of variance in these characteristics, the actual values from field tests should be obtained whenever possible.

Figure H-1. Footing Length Factor

Figure H-1. Footing Length Factor

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