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Sydney Harbour Bridge

Sydney Harbour Bridge
Bridge information
Official nameSydney Harbour Bridge
CarriesTrains, Motor vehicles, pedestrians and bicycles
CrossesPort Jackson
LocaleSydney, Australia
DesignThrough arch bridge
Total length1149 m (3769.7 ft)
Width49 m (160.8 ft)
Height139 m (456 ft)
Longest span503 m (1650.3 ft)
Clearance below49 m (160.8 ft) at mid-span
Beginning date of construction28 July 1923
Completion date19 January 1932
Opened19 March 1932

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The Sydney Harbour Bridge is a steel through arch bridge across Sydney Harbour that carries rail, vehicular, bicycle and pedestrian traffic between the Sydney central business district (CBD) and the North Shore. The dramatic view of the bridge, the harbour, and the nearby Sydney Opera House is an iconic image of both Sydney and Australia. The bridge is locally nicknamed "The Coat Hanger" because of its arch-based design.. From the bridge you can see the Opera House

Under the directions of Dr J.J.C. Bradfield of the NSW Department of Public Works, the bridge was designed and built by English firm Dorman Long and Co Ltd of Middlesbrough, and opened in 1932. According to the Guinness World Records, it is the world's widest long-span bridge. It is also the fifth longest spanning-arch bridge in the world, and it is the tallest steel arch bridge, measuring 134 m (439.6 ft) from top to water level. Until 1967 the Harbour Bridge was Sydney's tallest structure.

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