Sydney Harbour Bridge

This book features the Sydney Harbour Bridge.

Creation of Bridges


Sydney Harbour Bridge


Climb to the top of the Sydney Harbour Bridge


The Sydney Harbour Bridge,  has spanned the harbor since 1932 after nine years of construction.  It is one of the longest one-bow bridges in the world with a length of 1,150 m; the bow itself being 504 m long. Thus the bridge is just 66 cm shorter than the Bayonne Bridge in New York, but much heavier; 50,300 tons of steel were used in the building process. The Bayonne Bridge was completed just four months earlier thus not allowing the Sydney Harbour Bridge to claim the longest arch bridge in the world.  Each day over 200,000 cars cross the bridge paying a toll of $2 each when entering the city.  The Bridge was designed after the Hell Gate Arch Bridge in New York, but it was much longer and much heavier per linear foot.


 Facts & Figures

Length of arch span 503 meters
Height of top of arch 134 meters about mean sea level
Height to top of aircraft beacon 141 meters above mean sea level
Width of deck 49 meters
Clearance for Shipping 49 meters
Height of Pylons 89 meters above mean sea level
Base of each abutment tower 68 meters across and 48 meters long (two pylons rest on each abutment tower)
Total length of bridge 1149 meters including approach spans
Bearing Pins Each of the four pins measures 4.2 meters long and 368 millimeters in diameter
Thrust on bearings Under maximum load approximately 20,000 tons on each bearing
Number of rivets Approximately 6,000,000
Largest rivet Weighed 3.5kilograms and was 395 millimeters long
Longest Hanger 58.8 meters
Shortest Hanger 7.3 meters
Total weight of steelwork 52,800 tons including arch and mild steel approach spans
Weight of arch 39,000 tons
Rock excavated for foundations 122,000 cubic meters
Concrete used for bridge 95,000 cubic meters