Sunday, 3 August 2014

THE COATHANGER

The Sydney Harbour Bridge (affectionately known as 'the coathanger' by locals) is one of Sydney's icons. It is a steel through arch bridge across Sydney Harbour that carries rail, vehicular, bicycle and pedestrian traffic between the Sydney central business district (CBD) and the North Shore.

Under the directions of Queenslander Dr J.J.C. Bradfield of the NSW Department of Public Works, the bridge was designed and built by British firm Dorman Long and Co Ltd of Middlesbrough and opened in 1932. The bridge's design was influenced by the Hell Gate Bridge in New York. It is also the sixth longest spanning-arch bridge in the world, and it is the tallest steel arch bridge, measuring 134 m  from top to water level. It was also the world's widest long-span bridge, at 48.8 m wide, until construction of the new Port Mann Bridge in Vancouver.

This post is part of the Scenic Weekends meme,
and also part of the Weekend in Black and White meme.

5 comments:

  1. Wonderful choice for black and white. The bridge is so beautiful. Love that big iron arch.

    Mersad
    Mersad Donko Photography

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  2. A great bridge, with wonderful patterns! I love the context too- an interesting foreground and the many buildings seen through the arch.

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  3. Beautiful b&w post!
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