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3830. Abutment pier : A heavier pier, usually every fourth or fifth pier, built in an arched bridge (with series of arches) designed to withstand heavy unbalanced inclined thrust from the superstructure (if some of the arches give way).

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3830. Pile culée : Pile plus forte, généralement chaque quatrième ou cinquième, construite dans un pont-voûtes (avec suite d`arches) et conçue pour résister à une forte poussée oblique non équilibrée de la superstructure (si quelques unes des arches cédaient).

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