Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Australia's Bridges: MacArthur Street (Gasworks) Bridge across the Parramatta River in NSW

March 2011 (-33.815 deg., 151.012 deg.) MacArthur Street Bridge

The first Europeans didn't arrive in Australia until the end of the 18th century. One hundred years later (in 1901) Australia became a Commonwealth and eventually one of the world's most prosperous nations. Bridges built during the colonial period are of particular interest since the population was so dependent on it's own resources.

 The MacArthur Street (Gasworks) Bridge is an old (1885) iron lattice truss on handsome sandstone piers. It has three (31 m long) truss spans as well as steel girder approach spans for a total length of 110 m. It has two narrow lanes and a walkway (apparently a common feature) supported on the west side.

There is quite a bit of additional information on this bridge at the Heritage Website.  
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Australia's Bridges: MacArthur Street (Gasworks) Bridge across the Parramatta River in NSW by Mark Yashinsky is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported License.

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