The chapter is a voice in the discussion concerning sustainable bridge development. Nowadays, the term has rather been abused, and therefore the presented approach refers to these elements of design, construction and maintenance of bridges—with regard to their role in transport and social life—which have been present in bridge construction for a long time and can be easily incorporated into the concept of sustainable bridge construction. Sustainable development, sustainable construction and so on are multidimensional. In the considered bridge construction area, looking at construction processes as interfering with the environment and which could and should be restricted is a new element. Nevertheless, other proven constructional solutions and technologies are characterised by their reliability. Assuming that the constructed bridges are to serve the next two or three generations of users, we can try to extrapolate current technical conditions on the next 30 or 60 years, i.e., up to three generations. We can do it if we know and are able to critically assess the history of bridge construction. Following this reasoning, the history in question is referred to in this paper, although rather subjectively and with the omission of numerous important personalities and technologies as well as instructive failures due to the publishing limitations.
Part of the book: Structural Bridge Engineering