Sunday, October 30, 2011

Les Ponts de Perth IV.....

At 660 mtrs Mount Henry Bridge is the longest road Bridge in WA. It was completed in 1923 and at that time carried the Kwinana Freeway and Mandurah Railway line across the Canning River. It was widened and strengthened between 2004/6 and as it stands now the original bridge carries the two railway tracks plus three southbound traffic lanes and the added structure carries three northbound traffic lanes. In cross section it is a 'double box' section with the upper deck (including cantilevers) carrying traffic, and cantilevers at the bottom of the box carrying pedestrian/cycle paths. It's not what you would call an elegant or graceful bridge but it is a very impressive solid, strong bridge, it seems to have the seal of approval from this little swallow who followed us all the way across, alighting  here and there on the rail as we walked.....!! Hope you have a happy Sunday.....

35 comments:

  1. Love your little companion! Those are fabulous shots of the bridge!

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  2. Umm, French with an Australian accent? It is lovely architecture, though.

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  3. These shots are very nice Grace.

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  4. Very impressive bridge and your shots display it very well.

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  5. Interesting post and nice shots. I really like the one with the bird.

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  6. That is one heck of a bridge...a complicated structure for sure but serves several useful purposes. And it's quite beautiful, too!

    Not as cute as the little sparrow, though! :-)

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  7. Love third shot with the curved railing... also it always takes me by surprise when you say 'WA,' because I live in 'WA,' also, Washington, a state in the US!

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  8. Really nice shots! Especially, the last one... :)
    Have a nice weekend to you and your family.

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  9. Ce pont est intéressant, mais j'apprécie surtout le petit moineau qui vient te dire bonjour, avec, en arrière plan, la ville floue.
    J'aime beaucoup!

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  10. It looks like a very sturdy and solid bridge for all the traffic and for walkers.

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  11. I didn't realize that Perth has so many great bridges...
    Nice sunday, Grace!

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  12. A very streamlined structure! Lovely lines! Beautiful!

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  13. http://chroniclesfromtheshore.blogspot.com/October 30, 2011 at 5:24 PM

    Your bridges are very impressive! Not sure that I'd like to walk under, it's a bit scary. i LOVE the pic with the bird! have a nice sunday!

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  14. Great series with fabulous prospects.
    The last ... fantastic!.
    Greetings.

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  15. Un pont a perte de vue... Or is it a Perth de vue?

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  16. This is such a long bridge - very stream-lined and modern.

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  17. Great to spot the bird at that spot!

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  18. Sturdy bridge and I like that they have thought of pedestrians and cyclists. And birds! :-)

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  19. «Louis» linked this to <a href="http://bayphoto.blogspot.com/2011/10/serie-du-pont-de-dimanche-lxxxv.html'><b><i>Sunday Bridges</a></b></i>.

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  20. I'm not sure why, but I really like the shot underneath the bridge. The fourth shot is really intriguing too.

    Ron
    http://travelersphotoblog.blogspot.com/

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  21. This is a nice streamlined bridge and you photos have made it look elegant.

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  22. Interesting. I'm not used to seeing such low bridges around here. Too many sailboats and ships which need to pass under them. Nice perspective from underneath.

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  23. Grandes puentes, hijos de los hombres.

    Saludos y buena tarde de domingo.

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  24. I really like this below bridge look.

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  25. This is an amazing structure. It is so hard for me to imagine how the architects came up with the plan for the multi levels and lanes and then implemented their plan. It is awesome. Very modern looking, A great contribution to Louis’s meme this week. genie

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  26. I think that you photographed this quite well showing its graceful curve and clean lines. How fabulous that the bridge has been adapted for bicycles and walking!

    Bises,
    Genie

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  27. An awesome bridge, my favorite part is obviously the pedestrian/cyclist ramp...

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  28. did you go and see the Queen?

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  29. Nice shots Grace, I liked the last one the most.
    The beach I went to on Saturday was Mindarie, I then walked south to Burns Beach, it is a lovely walk, and yes you are right, we are blessed to have such lovely beaches to enjoy.

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  30. I agree, Mount Henry Bridge is an impressive bridge, and so are your captures from the various angles. Cute swallow, too.

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  31. Great perspectives! I don't have a favourite, they're all good.

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  32. Amazing perspective and good shots of the bridge ! and so clean from the bottom !

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