Design & Construction
Designed by Dr John Job Crew Bradfield, the Sydney Harbour Bridge was declared open for traffic in 1932.
The SHB is made using steel for the girders whilst the pylons are made of concrete faced in granite. Around 6 million rivets and 52,800 tonnes of steelwork and 17,000 cubic metres of granite have gone into the construction of the Bridge. The Bridge was constructed in a number of stages. The approach spans were erected first, then work began on the main arch. Two half-arches were built out from each side of the Harbour. Steel beams were transported on barges into the Harbour and hauled into position with cranes, mounted on the arches, which built the Bridge out before them as they inched forward. The two halves of the arch were joined and then the road deck was then hung from the arch.

The Sydney Harbour Bridge connects the Sydney CBD with the North Shore. It is the world’s largest (but not longest) steel-arch Bridge. It was beaten in length, by New York’s Bayonne Bridge, which is 25 feet longer and opened just four months earlier. The Sydney Harbour Bridge is one of the most recognisable symbols of Australia. The Bridge provides a frame for one of the most beautiful harbours in the world and holds a special place in the city’s heart. New Year’s Eve celebrations are broadcast each year on news channels all around the world, with the Sydney Harbour Bridge playing a starring role.

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