A Daily Photo Blog about Life in Northern New South Wales, Australia.

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Shark Creek Beauty




When I was a kid we loved driving over this graceful bridge, for a millisecond we would pretend that we were driving over the Sydney Harbour Bridge. It was on the Pacific Hwy and although it is no longer used by vehicular traffic it is adjacent to a new bridge built in 1987, so luckily we pass it all the time.
Built in 1936, it was the first reinforced concrete bowstring arch bridge built in Australia. It was cast in place by the Monier Company for 5,333 pounds. Its unusual design ensured that cane barges could move freely underneath.
You can just make out the faded double yellow lines on the bridge deck. When did NSW change to white lines on its roads?

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9 comments:

  1. When I first saw this bridge I immediately thought of a couple of bridges here in Canada that look very much the same...and built in the 1930s.

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  2. That is an elegant arch - for concrete!

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  3. This is a really cool concrete bridge. I love the curvature of the arches. The coloration from age is so interesting. Nice shot.

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  4. wow, what a beauty! amazing design for a concrete bridge

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  5. Beautiful bridge and nice story. I love the perspective of this shot. Really unique.

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  6. This is a beautiful elegant bridge, looks very solid.

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  7. That is a great looking bridge. We don't have any white or yellow lines here. One very often finds someong on the wrong side of the road!!!
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  8. «Louis» has been away from the computer for the last two days, so very belatedly, he thanks you for your participation in Sunday Bridges.

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