The Sydney Bay Bridge along with the spectacular and neighboring Opera House have always been two of the symbols of modernity in this city and throughout the Australian territory.
The bridge took 8 years to build, from 1924 to 1932. But the result was spectacular, with a layout that exceeds 1,100 meters and a huge height of almost 50 meters above the water, which allows the navigation of certain ships. And still higher up is the great arch that gives it its unmistakable profile. A steel arch that can even be walked for a few years, in fact this vertiginous walk has become one of the great tourist attractions of Sydney.
Sydney Harbor Bridge
The bridge resists incessant traffic day and night, and it is practicable both by train and by car through several lanes. Not forgetting the pedestrian crossing and the bike lane for cyclists.
The main construction material is steel. Although in the case of the four pillars located on the banks and conceived by the Scottish architect Thomas S. Tait, granite stone was used. By the way, some huge pillars almost 90 meters high that give a brutal consistency to the bridge that has to save here a flight of 500 meters between both shores.
The architect who designed this wonder of architectural and engineering history was J. J.C. Bradfield, who designed it before an international competition was launched to carry out its construction. A very expensive work, both in labor, with the work of some 1,400 men (16 of them died in an accident during the works), and tons and tons of material. In steel alone there are some 53,000, of which almost 80% correspond to the bow.
The truth is that as we say today and almost since its construction, the Sydney Bridge is a benchmark, so much so that at the time it was both the longest and the widest in the world of its kind. However, this construction was not always thought of. From the beginning of the 19th century, the union of these sides of the bay was considered, but for a long time the feasibility of drilling a tunnel was considered. However, and fortunately for the city, the bridge was finally chosen, although the idea was forged without having the funds to execute it. Until finally, once the First World War was over, the project was undertaken in a determined manner. Although, as we said, there was still a long way to go to achieve it. In other words, it was a project that was greatly delayed over time due to its costs, its complexity, its dimensions and the symbolism that it was finally given, so much so that it is one of the reference images of Australia.