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Sydney Harbour Bridge

Project Completed: 1932

About the project

The Sydney Harbour Bridge is a steel arch bridge, spanning 503m across Sydney Harbour. It carries rail, vehicular and pedestrian traffic between the Sydney central business district (CBD) and the North Shore, carrying the equivalent of 50 million vehicles each year. The bridge continues to occupy its imposing position on the city’s skyline, although it now shares it with the famous opera house and numerous skyscrapers.

This iconic structure was designed and built by Cleveland Bridge and Dorman Long Co Ltd, before being opened in 1932. It remained Sydney’s tallest structure until 1967 and it is currently both the world’s widest long-span bridge as well as the tallest steel arch bridge, with a height of 134m from top to water level. The Sydney Harbour Bridge is the fifth-longest spanning arch bridge in the world with the Australian Heritage commission recently declaring this structure as a historic monument.

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