Alfords Point Bridge

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Alfords Point Bridge
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Alfords Point Bridge
Carries A6
Crosses Georges River
Owner Roads and Maritime Services
Opened 7 September 1973;
22 August 2008 (duplication)
Followed by Tom Uglys Bridge
Replaces Vehicular punt between Lugarno and Illawong
Coordinates 33°58′39″S 151°01′50″E / 33.9774°S 151.0305°E / -33.9774; 151.0305Coordinates: 33°58′39″S 151°01′50″E / 33.9774°S 151.0305°E / -33.9774; 151.0305

The Alfords Point Bridge is one of three major road crossings of the lower Georges River. It was opened on 7 September 1973. The bridge links Padstow Heights in the City of Bankstown to Alfords Point in the Sutherland Shire. It is part of A6.

The two other road crossings over the Georges River downstream of the Alfords Point Bridge are the Captain Cook Bridge, which opened in 1965 and Tom Uglys Bridge, which opened in 1929. Tom Uglys Bridge connects Blakehurst to Sylvania. Captain Cook Bridge connects Sans Souci to Taren Point.

History[edit]

The bridge replaced a vehicular punt that previously operated between Lugarno and Illawong.[1]

When the original bridge was built, piles and abutments were built next to it (downstream) for future duplication. A second bridge was opened for southbound traffic on 22 August 2008 leaving the older bridge is for northbound use only.[2]

The new bridge replaces a tidal flow system that was in operation on the singular crossing, providing for greater traffic capacity in the off-peak direction.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "Alfords Point Bridge", Roads and Traffic Authority, NSW Accessed 26 September 2006
  2. ^ "Alfords Point Bridge duplication community update February 2007", Roads and Traffic Authority, NSW Accessed 17 March 2007