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Denison Bridge, Sydney Rd, Bathurst, NSW, Australia

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List Register of the National Estate (Non-statutory archive)
Class Historic
Legal Status Registered (21/03/1978)
Place ID 15953
Place File No 1/07/231/0037
Statement of Significance
The bridge is a significant technical accomplishment. Completed in 1870, it replaces an earlier bridge that was opened in 1856 and destroyed in 1867. The present bridge is a metal truss bridge and is the fourth oldest of existing Australian metal trusses, following Hawthorn (1861), Gundagai Road Bridge (1867) and Redesdale (1868).
Official Values Not Available
Description
The bridge carries a 6.1m roadway and a footpath and has spans: three at 6.7m, 34m, 34.5m, 34m, three at 6.7m. The three main spans are half through Pratt trusses, simply supported with ten bays and I-section upper chords and end diagonals with the web set horizontal. The deck has been replaced with a modern deck using corrugated metal bridge deck. There are metal stringers on metal crossgirders, the whole being located at about the mid depth of the main trusses. The piers are twin metal cylinders.
History Not Available
Condition and Integrity
The bridge appears to be in excellent condition. The bridge deck has been replaced, but the rest of the structure appears to be original.
Location
Sydney Road (Great Western Highway) (former alignment) over Macquarie River, Bathurst.
Bibliography
C O'CONNOR, "REGISTER OF AUSTRALIAN HISTORIC BRIDGES" 1983.
C O'CONNOR, "SPANNING TWO CENTURIES" UQP 1985.

Report Produced  Sat Aug 23 02:24:26 2014