Friday, September 17, 2010


Opened in March 1895 the Tharwa bridge connects the south west Australian Capital Territory with the north east across the divide of the Murrumbidgee River. The bridge is rare in that it is a single lane Allen Truss structure and has heritage value as the first substantial bridge constructed in the ACT.

Tharwa Bridge construction

The bridge is currently being refurbished by the ACT government and although now operational is currently stripped of it's distinctive trusses and supported now by steel beams.

I have a more comprehensive post on the history of the Tharwa Bridge (here)

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  1. Interesting, but I do hate to see the old construction materials and methods disapearing.

  2. Yes Keith I agree however the nice thing about this bridge refurbishment is that they are going to recreate the Allen Truss system overhead as it was before. With the new beams underneath it should last another hundred years or so. Well done ACT Gov.


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