Between the Bridges at Barwon Heads

Christine Smith

Grovedale, Australia

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COVER SHOT OF THE WEEK on the Cover Shots Homepage 01-12-2011
FEATURED in Streams and Stream Crossings 12-12-2011
FEATURED in Lighthouses and Ocean Structures 12-03-2012
FEATURED in Australian Coastal Towns 18-11-2012
FEATURED in Melbourne & Victoria 22-08-2014
TOP TEN FINALIST in the Destination Australia – Leading Lines Challenge 17-08-2012
TOP TEN FINALIST in the Australian Coastal Towns – A Scene from a River Challenge 21-06-2013

Camera: Canon EOS 400D, Lens: @ 66mm, ISO; 100, Aperture: f10, Shutter: 1.250

These bridges Bridges span the Barwon Heads River at Barwon Heads in Victoria, Australia. The former bridge, which was opened in 1927, was a much loved landmark, but it had reached the end of its operational life with progressively lower load limits being applied. These lower limits would have ultimately led to the closure of the bridge not only to vehicles but also to pedestrians. The reconstruction of the bridge needed to preserve its heritage status, and in order to achieve this, the design of the original structure was replicated in the new bridge and timber components from the old bridge were incorporated in the reconstruction. The re-design also ensured the road bridge meets the necessary safety and load bearing requirements to continue carrying traffic well into the future. The separate pedestrian bridge,will improve safety for pedestrians, cyclists and anglers. The road bridge re-design on the left, consisted of 34 spans supported by 165 treated timber piles, galvansied steel I-beams and a reinforced concete deck. In November 2010 the bridge was open to traffic and is now fully operational. The bridge is 308 metres long, nine metres wide and has two 3.2 metre wide traffic lanes. The new 4.5 metre wide pedestrian bridge on the right, was designed to complement the reconstructed road bridge and is located ten metres downstream. It is a modern concrete bridge with 18 metre long spans supported by one pile per pier. It incorporates a raised fishing and viewing platform along its downstream edge. This platform also provides the location for the lighting of the bridge. The pedestrian bridge opened to the public in April 2011.

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