The Sydney Harbor Bridge had been thrown open to the public on the 19th of March 1932 and is celebrating its 80th birthday – over one million people had flocked to watch the inauguration. It was done by cutting the ribbon with a sword!!
More than 160,000 vehicles cross it every day of the week and it is a tourist hot-spot. There here is hardly any tourist who has not climbed it to take in the breathtaking views from above.
It is the world’s largest steel arch bridge, is 1149-meters long and took 6-years to complete – as many as 14000 persons were employed to build it.
The span of its arches is 503-meters and it has a clearance below it of 49-meters to allow ships to pass comfortably – its total weight goes to over 52,800 tonnes.
Designed by Dr John Job Crew Bradfield , an engineer, it has been nicknamed ‘the coat hanger bridge’ because of its unique design which resembles a coat hanger. The grand New Years fireworks display has made it a symbol of the vitality and beauty of Sydney.