Gladesville Bridge

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Gladesville Bridge was officially opened fifty years ago on 2 October 1964 by Princess Marina, Duchess of Kent.

It was designed by G Maunsell & Partners of London with the designs being approved by famous bridge engineer Eugène Freyssinet. At the time of its completion it was, at 305 metres, the longest single-span masonry or concrete bridge in the world. Its design features and innovative construction methods set new standards for bridge design and construction.

Gladesville Bridge marked the transition from steel bridge technology, as represented by the Sydney Harbour Bridge, to that of concrete and confirmed the arrival of pre-stressed concrete as a major bridge-building material in Australia. It was the first major concrete arch bridge in the world that was built using precast segments and was one of the first bridges designed with the aid of a computer.

In 1965, Gladesville Bridge was awarded a Civic Design Award by the Royal Australian Institute of Architects and in 2014, Engineers Australia recognised the bridge with an Engineering Heritage International Marker.

Local Studies holds a copy of the menu for the official dinner marking the opening of the bridge together with several photographs showing its construction. These can be viewed on flickr.

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Posted on September 22, 2014, in Drummoyne and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. Column 8 in the The Sydney Morning Herald, 6-7 September 2014 states that ‘A community day was held before the bridge officially opened to traffic. In Column 8 of October 3, 1964, it was noted ‘In the ‘first over’ rush on the Gladesville Bridge yesterday were 3-1/2 year-old Michael Juhnaz, of Drummoyne, on his tricycle and 90-year-old Mr J. S. Thompson of Longueville, in his wheelchair’.

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