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Sydney Harbour Bridge – The Steel Icon Of The World

An Overview Of The Sydney Harbour Bridge

 

Sydney is one of the most popular cities in Australia. It is primarily known for those iconic images of the Sydney Opera House, Sydney Harbour, and the iconic Sydney Harbour Bridge. For those that see these three things, you will know exactly where you are. It has been featured in many movies, and even popular cartoons. In particular, the Sydney harbor bridges a place that you should visit if you happen to get to stay in the city. It’s not just a convenient way to get from one part of the city to the next. It is a landmark, something that is well-known, and has a rich history behind its creation.

 

Origins Of The Sydney Harbor Bridge

 

Technically referred to as a through arch bridge, it is made of steel. It allows both vehicular and pedestrian traffic to go from the north shore of the city to the central business district. Regardless of what angle you happen to be looking at the bridge from, and is recognizable and also noticeably well designed. Called the Coathanger by locals, it is because of that iconic arch that people from all over the world recognize. It was designed and opened back in the 1930s. If you have seen something similar, it is likely from pictures of New York City and the Hell Gate Bridge. As far as the span of this bridge, when compared to other spanning arch bridges, it is the sixth longest in the world. Although it was completed in the 1930s, designs were originally crafted in the early 1800s. Many suggestions were made, but very little was done. The planning of the bridge began in 1914, and by 1922 its construction began. Contracts were awarded, and funding was provided, giving us the original version of this bridge that we have today.

 

How Was It Constructed?

 

Similar to virtually every bridge that is constructed over water, there must first be some type of a foundation. Once these were put in place, creeper cranes were used to set up the arches, and vertical hangers were set in place. Subsequently, power lines, telephone lines, and drainage pipes were added. It was a very comprehensive project. Although it looks as if it has always been there, there was a time when it was thought to be an inconceivable project that eventually was completed. Although this project took a considerable amount of time, it was well worth it. Hundreds of millions of drivers and walkers have crossed the bridge over the decades. Without it, traveling from one location to the other would have required some type of a ferryboat. Fortunately, the ingenuity of Australians nearly 100 years ago led to the creation of the Sydney Harbor Bridge that stands today.

 

Not too long ago, the 80th anniversary of this bridge was commemorated. There were scores of people, on either side, that participated in the celebration. Improvements have been added over the years including layers of bitumen to make it easier to drive over, covering a total of eight lanes. It also was provided with multicolored lighting, as well as many other improvements, to ensure that it will last many decades into the future. When you travel to Australia, this should be one of the first things that you get a picture of. It is highly recommended that you travel across, just to say that you did it. It is a beautiful bridge, one that is highly revered by those that make bridges worldwide. It serves as not only an icon representing Sydney, but the entire continent of Australia, representing the ingenuity and tenacity of the people in this country.

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