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Abutment: Part of a structure which supports the end of a span or accepts the thrust of an arch; often supports and retains the approach embankment.

Deck: The portion of the bridge that directly carries traffic.

Substructure: The portion of the bridge that supports the superstructure and distributes all bridge loads to below-ground bridge footings.

Superstructure: The portion of the bridge that supports the deck and connects one substructure element to another.

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