Iron Cove Bridge
Bridge Length: 468m
Bridge Width: 13.5m
Construction Dates: 1945 - 1955
Designer: DMR Bridge Designer Laurie Challis
Construction Company: Baulderstone
Length of truss spans: 11 x 52m
Length of plate girder spans: 4 x 18m
Navigational clearance: 12m
Delayed during construction by 4 years due to a worldwide steel shortage, the Iron Cove Bridge incorporates many elements of the Inter-War Art Deco style and steel detailing not seen on other bridges of this type. The original bridge, built in 1881 as part of the “five bridges route”, facilitated a new western route into the city cutting travelling times for farmers heading to the Sydney markets from a two day round trip down to one. Prior to being built, water transport was the only means of crossing the Parramatta River.
However, as the suburbs to the west of Sydney flourished after World War I, soon the original bridge became a bottleneck and structural defects from the heavy use were beginning to show. A new bridge was commissioned before World War II however it wasn’t until 1947 with the labour and resources became available that construction could begin.
Opened in 1955, The Iron Cove Bridge was the last steel truss bridge to be constructed in NSW to use rivets for field connections. Deriving its name from the ironbark trees lining the cove, the bridge is still one of the most heavily trafficked bridges in Australia.
In 2011 a duplication of the bridge crossing at iron Cove opened under the name, the Inner West Busway.