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Jay and Margaret's Three Bridges Tour

Jay and Margaret enjoying a 1 hour three bridges tour. Once we met Jay and Margaret we rumbled over the Sydney Harbour Bridge, Gladesville Bridge & Anzac Bridge before heading back to their drop off. See more photos https://www.facebook.com/WildR...

Gladesville Bridge is of State significance because of its technical, aesthetic and historical qualities. It is a substantial structure built at an important crossing over the Parramatta River, a difficult crossing due to its width and tidal nature. At the time of completion in 1964, the Gladesville Bridge was considered to be a world standard bridge in terms of its design (it was the longest reinforced concrete arch span in the world) and because of the materials and methods used in its construction. It is one of two prestressed concrete arch road bridges in the State (the other being at nearby Tarban Creek), and is still the longest reinforced concrete arch in NSW. Gladesville Bridge thus represents a modern solution to the long-term problem of crossing the Parramatta River at this point, replacing the historically significant five bridges route to Sydney, and the two-lane swing span iron bridge built between Drummoyne and Huntley's Point (to the south west of the present bridge, at a narrower crossing over the Parramatta River), which had opened up suburbs to the north for residential development in the nineteenth century. With the neighbouring bridges at Fig Tree and Tarban Creeks, the Gladesville Bridge also has historic significance as part of the DMR's proposed North West Freeway, initiated in the period following the second world war in order to create a line of road linking Sydney to the northern suburbs and through to Newcastle. All three bridges are vestiges of this unrealised project, abandoned in the 1970s due protests about the freeway's projected route through inner city suburbs such as Glebe and Annandale