Gladesville Bridge

The Gladesville Bridge was opened on 2 October 1964. Along with Tarban Creek Bridge and Fig Tree Bridge, it was originally planned by the NSW Department of Main Roads (DMR) to form part of a north-western expressway serving the northern suburbs of Sydney. Whilst the expressway was never built, the Gladesville Bridge, at the time of construction the longest concrete arch bridge in the world, remains as an engineering feat and a testament to the commitment of all those involved.

The major output of this project was over 20 hours of recorded interviews with people who experienced or were involved with the construction of the Gladesville Bridge. Some were local residents or school children while others were employed on the project in varying capacities including engineering, surveying, filming, labouring, plant operation and worksite supervision.

The sound files in the table below feature some of the key themes uncovered during the course of the project, including the old Gladesville Bridge, the planning vision, bridge design, the construction process and the opening of the bridge.

A compilation CD and booklet summarising the key themes uncovered during the course of the project have been prepared, and may be ordered from the Transport Library at a cost of A$11 plus postage and handling. Orders may also be placed by fax to Transport Library on 61 2 8849 2488.

The opinions expressed in the oral history interview tapes are those of the individuals concerned and do not necessarily represent in whole or in part the position of RMS.

Researchers and historians wishing to access the source interview tapes and associated logs should contact the Transport Library by phone on 61 2 8849 2913.

Gladesville Bridge

Construction of the Gladesville Bridge - Sound file

Construction of the Gladesville Bridge - Sound file

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Part 1 - Early history/The old Gladesville Bridge

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Part 1 - Early history/The old Gladesville Bridge gladesvillebridge-m1.rm

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Part 2 - The DMR's road network vision/The DMR as an organisation

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Part 2 - The DMR's road network vision/The DMR as an organisation

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Part 3 - Design, planning and structural analysis of the new bridge

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Part 3 - Design, planning and structural analysis of the new bridge

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Part 4 - Demolition and excavation/Effect on adjoining suburbs

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Part 4 - Demolition and excavation/Effect on adjoining suburbs

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Part 5 - The workforce: labourers, crane drivers and dogmen

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Part 5 - The workforce: labourers, crane drivers and dogmen

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Part 6 - Surveying the bridge/Pile driving/The Titan crane

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Part 6 - Surveying the bridge/Pile driving/The Titan crane

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Part 7 - Casting of the box units/Concrete testing laboratory

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Part 7 - Casting of the box units/Concrete testing laboratory

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Part 8 - The fog room/Concrete test cylinder 'failure'

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Part 8 - The fog room/Concrete test cylinder 'failure'

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Part 9 - Concrete problems solved/The making of the film/Site safety

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Part 9 - Concrete problems solved/The making of the film/Site safety

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Part 10 - Workplace and construction accidents/Tanker collision

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Part 10 - Workplace and construction accidents/Tanker collision

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Part 11 - Jacking the arch

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Part 11 - Jacking the arch

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Part 12 - Stressing; stretching cables/Adding headstocks, deck and railings/Relations with unions

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Part 12 - Stressing; stretching cables/Adding headstocks, deck and railings/Relations with unions

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Part 13 - The Bridge Opening

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Part 13 - The Bridge Opening

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Part 14 - Adding an extra lane/Concrete creep

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Part 14 - Adding an extra lane/Concrete creep

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Part 15 - Lifespan and maintenance of the bridge/Construction of Fig Tree and Tarban Creek bridges

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Part 15 - Lifespan and maintenance of the bridge/Construction of Fig Tree and Tarban Creek bridges

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Part 16 - Accidents/Wind/Significance of the bridge/Final observations

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Part 16 - Accidents/Wind/Significance of the bridge/Final observations

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