Alfords Point Bridge

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Alfords Point Bridge
Alfords Point Bridge.JPG
Alfords Point Bridge in 2007, prior to completion of the duplication
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
Carries A6; (vehicular traffic with grade-separated pedestrian footpath)
Crosses Georges River
Locale Sutherland Shire/Bankstown, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Maintained by Roads and Maritime Services
Preceded by M5 Motorway bridge
Followed by Tom Uglys Bridge
Characteristics
Design Duplicated box girder
Material Concrete
Trough construction Steel
Total length 445 metres (1,460 ft)[1]
Width 15.3 metres (50 ft) per carriageway[1]
No. of spans 10
Piers in water 6
No. of lanes 2 northbound; 2 southbound
History
Opened 7 September 1973;
22 August 2008 (duplication)
Replaces Vehicular punt between Lugarno and Illawong

The Alfords Point Bridge is a duplicated 445-metre-long (1,460 ft)[1] concrete and steel box girder road bridge that carries the A6 across the lower Georges River between Padstow Heights in the City of Bankstown to Alfords Point in the Sutherland Shire in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia.

The first bridge opened on 7 September 1973 and carried traffic in both north and southbound directions. When the original bridge was built, piles and abutments were built a few metres downstream, allowing for future duplication. A second bridge was opened for southbound traffic on 22 August 2008 leaving the older bridge for northbound use only.[2]

Description[edit]

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.[3] The 2008 bridge replaced 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. ^ a b c "Alfords Point Bridge (Australia)" (PDF). Project information. Switzerland: Mageba. Retrieved 28 November 2016. 
  2. ^ "Alfords Point Bridge duplication community update" (PDF). NSW Roads and Traffic Authority. Government of New South Wales. February 2007. Retrieved 17 March 2007. 
  3. ^ "Alfords Point Bridge", Roads and Traffic Authority, NSW Accessed 26 September 2006