Glebe Island Bridge - Retired

Jeff Catford

Sydney, Australia

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The Glebe Island Bridge stays pretty well permanently open these days.

What was the penultimate traffic bottleneck bridge before entering the Sydney CBD struggles to maintain its Victorian glory.

Spattered with seagull poo – and seagulls – the central swing bridge is a sad, rotting, bare and broken ribbed carcass, sitting on cracked and flaking, once regal, carved Sydney sandstone foundations.

Looked down upon, in both senses of the expression, by the modern, multi-lane sculptural masterpiece that is the Anzac Bridge which replaced it, the old Glebe Island Bridge has succumbed to its enforced retirement.

There is a sense that it has pondered the fate of its sister bridge, The Pyrmont Bridge, which strides Darling Harbour with rejuvenated eloquence, to the delight of tourists, just a few kilometres up the road and it’s thought… “Stuff that! … I’m going to have a well earned rest”.

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