Abutment pier

the pier of a bridge next the shore; a pier which by its strength and stability resists the thrust of an arch.

See also: Pier

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, published 1913 by G. & C. Merriam Co.
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Construction of the abutment piers was done inside coffer dams, and it took the contractor almost four years to build the abutment and main tower piers to a height of four feet above high water.