ANZAC Bridge - Sydney

The ANZAC Bridge   Spanning Johnstons Bay, the ANZAC Bridge is one of Sydney's outstanding landmarks. Opened in December 1995, at a cost of $170 million, it provides a key link between Sydney City and the suburbs to the west. Via the City West Link and Victoria Rd it is the major east west route to the M4 toll way at Concord and the Homebush Bay Olympic 2000 site.

Commemorative
Digger Statue - 2000
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The bridge has a main span of 345m, and a total length of over 800m. From the two 120m high towers, 128 stay cables support the reinforced concrete deck. It is the longest cable-stayed span bridge in Australia and amongst the longest concrete cable-stayed span bridges in the world. 1. 3.

This new bridge replaced the adjacent old Glebe Island bridge, an electrically operated low-level steel swing bridge which opened in 1901. The new bridge initially adopted that name.

 

Olympics 2000
Lead runners on Anzac Bridge
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On the 80th anniversary of Armistice Day, the 11th November 1998, the premier of NSW, Bob Carr, renamed the bridge as the ANZAC Bridge as a memorial to members from both sides of the Tasman who formed the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps - the ANZACs.

 

Later, the ANZAC Bridge made a spectacular back drop to the 2000 Sydney Olympics Marathons at the 28km mark.

The western end.
Seven deck segments each side
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The bridge deck was constructed in 10 metre concrete segments. During construction, each segment cast on the land side was balanced by casting an equal one over the water. The finished deck does not rest on the horizontal beams of the towers. It is fully supported by the cables.

wire strands within cables

Wire strands within cables
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The multiple wire strands within the stay cable anchorage assembly.

Each of these strands contains seven galvanised wires covered in a plastic sheath.

western end progressing

The western end
viewed from the old bridge - May 1994
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The closing of the two halves of the bridge took place on 24th July 1995 in the early evening to give the bridge time to cool and time for the final concrete poor to gain strength before morning to avoid movements due to temperature changes.

 

Opening Day walk

The Opening day walk
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The bridge was opened on Sunday 3rd December 1995 with a Community Walk. We paid for tickets with the proceeds going to the Smith Family. The Smith Family provides help and relief to people and families in crisis and financial difficulties.

 

Night view from Glebe

Night view from Glebe

Engineering elegance and excellence

Across Blackwattle Bay - July 1999

 

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John Symonds
updated 25th June 2007

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