|Opened||7 December 1935|
The Ryde Bridge, which is in fact two bridges, is located in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia that crosses the Parramatta River, linking the suburb of Ryde in Sydney's Northern Suburbs to the suburb of Rhodes in Sydney's Inner West. These bridges carry 6 lanes of the A3.
The original bridge is a lift bridge, which was required to allow shipping to pass to the State Timber Yard then located on the southern bank of the Parramatta river, just west of the bridge. However the lifting mechanism was removed in the late 20th Century and it has not been opened since.
The bridge was paid for by the Ryde Council (with the assistance of a grant from the New South Wales Government). The bridge carried a toll for 13 years. At the end of this period the bridge was paid for and the toll was removed. Ownership was transferred to the Department of Main Roads.
An additional bridge was constructed adjacent to the east side of this bridge to carry southbound traffic, leaving the original bridge for northbound traffic only. It was officially opened by NSW Premier Nick Greiner and Federal Minister For Transport Ralph Willis, on 25 November 1988.
Before the original bridge was constructed, the Parramatta River was crossed in this area by a vehicular punt, just downstream of the Meadowbank Railway bridge. The southern ramp still exists near the southern end of the railway bridge, however the northern ramp has been covered over by Meadowbank ferry wharf.
The keel of HMAS Stuart (destroyer) is buried in the mud below Ryde Bridge.
Another bridge, very similar to Ryde Bride, is the Hexham Bridge, located 125km northeast and which spans the Hunter River.
- "Ryde Bridge Opening By Premier". The Sydney Morning Herald. 9 December 1935. Retrieved 9 September 2010.
- Roads and Traffic Authority (NSW):Ryde Bridge
- Roads and Traffic Authority (NSW):West Ryde Bridge
- Roads and Traffic Authority (NSW):Hexham Bridge
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