Slide to Digital – Sydney Harbor Bridge

Opened in 1932, as the largest steel arch bridge in the world, the Sydney Harbor Bridge is an iconic landmark spanning one of the finest natural harbors. The famous bridge took eight years to build using 53,000 tons of steel and six-million hand-driven rivets. During construction, the two steel halves of the towering arch met in the middle of the span. The bridge carries rail, vehicular, bicycle, and pedestrian traffic between the Sydney central business district and the North Shore. Image circa 1987.

Sydney Harbor Bridge

Under the Bridge

The Virginia Dare Memorial Bridge is a four-lane automobile bridge spanning the Croatan Sound, between Manns Harbor and Roanoke Island, in Dare County, North Carolina. The bridge carries US 64 Bypass and is utilized by local and seasonal tourist traffic.

The bridge is dedicated to the memory of Virginia Dare, the first English child born in the Americas, in 1587.

At a length of 5.2 miles (8.4 km), the Virginia Dare Memorial Bridge is the longest in the state. It travels over .75 miles (1.21 km) of wetlands, with the remaining 4.45 miles (7.16 km) over the Croatan Sound. The bridge rises to 65 feet (20 m) at its apex and is supported by 88 concrete columns and more than 2,000 pilings, which extend 100 feet (30 m) below the water. The bridge deck has 7,250 tons of epoxy-coated reinforcement steel and was designed with a 100-year life span.

Here is a view of the bridge from below ….

Under the Bridge