Modern upgrade for the Grande Dame

Wednesday 29 May 2013

Modern upgrade for the Grande Dame of Sydney Harbour

Roads Minister Duncan Gay today announced the southern spans of the Sydney Harbour Bridge are being sanded back to bare steel and repainted for the first time in its 81 year history.

Mr Gay said the work will see the southern spans above Cumberland Street being stripped of their original lead based paint.

“This Grande Dame of Sydney Harbour is getting a makeover with a high performance fade resistant paint to help her endure the punishing conditions,” Minister Gay said.

“We have 50 painters each day working away on various stages of the project, which is an investment in not just a key piece of infrastructure but a much loved icon.

“The new paint, still in that famous shade that we call ‘Harbour Bridge Grey’ is expected to last thirty years and won’t darken or change over time.

“We need the Bridge in top condition, she’s always in the limelight with thousands of international and local visitors flocking to visit and enjoy events like Vivid and New Year’s Eve fireworks.

"It takes a lot of work to keep this national icon in good order all year round and the repaint of the southern spans will come out of the Bridge’s $18 million annual maintenance budget.

“The project which is expected to take two years will cost about $10 million dollars each year.

“Once the southern spans are painted, our crews will resume regular maintenance painting on the main arch and northern spans.

“Temporary pedestrian and cyclist exclusion zones are in place on footpaths under the bridge while work is underway on the section overlooking the Rocks.

“We thank local residents for their patience while work is carried out,” Minister Gay said.

Media: Marie Scoutas or Lance Northey 9228 5271

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Modern upgrade for the Grande Dame of Sydney Harbour 

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