October 2nd – Birthday Bridge

Gladesville Bridge - 50 Years

50 years ago today Princess Marina cut the ribbon and formally opened this iconic arched span.

The modern bridge replaced a two-lane (and tramway) bridge that was built in 1881, the ends of which are still preserved today as pedestrian lookout points.

The bridge was an integral piece for plans of a north-western motorway intended to link Sydney with Newcastle, via Glebe, Annandale, Drummoyne through to Pymble and Wahroongha. These bold plans were dumped in 1977 by the Wran government.

At a cost of £3.4m, it was no minor undertaking, and at the time was the longest single concrete arched bridge constructed in the world measuring 305 metres.

Taking these photos also makes me realise how far I’ve come since last capturing this bridge at night. I was able to walk up, dial-in settings on the camera and take a handful of shots.

The lights will remain in place until Sunday, so I hope to go back and take some more photos from other angles, specifically from the southern side.

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