Barwon Heads Bridge
(from Heritage Victoria citation)
|The Barwon Heads bridge is an exceptionally long timber beam road bridge of 34 spans built over the Barwon Rivert estuary in 1927. |
Despite recent modifications such as the discreet addition of some steel beams and a 7.3m wide concrete and bitumen deck that better meets contemporary traffic needs, the bridge retains much of its historical integrity.
The sympathetic modifications have preserved the essential form and aesthetics of a traditional timber bridge with its original driven-pile timber piers, twin pairs of cross-bracing, round timber corbels, old timber stringers, timber crossheads, timber abutments and timber side railings.
A major consideration in choosing the site for this bridge was its proposed tourist function and the desire to provide scenic views of the ocean and broad Barwon River estuary.
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