Sunday, November 27, 2011

Les Ponts de Perth V.....



The Fremantle Traffic Bridge built in 1939 just before the beginning of WW2 is at the end of the Canning Highway which is the main thoroughfare for traffic crossing the Swan River from Perth into Fremantle. It's a very heavily used bridge and the question of it's stability has been under discussion for a few years now (risks). The Government had put money aside for an up grade but has since decided to use the money elsewhere, the worrying thing is, that if a ship passing underneath is pushed into the bridge by the extremely fast flow of the current coming in from the sea, the bridge could possibly collapse, thus being a danger to traffic, pedestrians and boats passing underneath. Also, if you enlarge, you will see that there are both water and gas lines attached to the bridge, which would be a major problem! I must admit we did hold our breath a little as this huge cruise ship passed underneath, it really didn't look like it would fit....by the shell of it's hull, pretty tight fit.....!!
A little further along adjacent to the traffic bridge is the rail bridge which operates from Fremantle across Perth's Western suburbs to Midland, you can see it here through the wooden pylons of the traffic bridge..... Happy Sunday.....

26 comments:

  1. That's really narrow for larger ships ! does seem time for some serious work to be done !
    Happy Sunday !!!

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  2. That does look like a tight fit! Could be a recipe for disaster at some point.

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  3. wow that sure is close!
    beautifully captured Grace!

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  4. strangely comforting to know we are not alone in our infrastructure conundrums. . .
    Another sparkling shot and tasty post!


    Aloha from Waikiki

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  5. Terrific captures, Grace! Love the water and that does indeed look like a tight fit!!

    Sylvia

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  6. That's the problem with old bridges - safety issues- and Wow! what a tight fit for that cruise ship. Enjoy your Sunday Grace.

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  7. Looks like you enjoyed your time in Freo (loved that last post!)

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  8. I agree with Dianne. I didn't think that boat was going to fit.

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  9. Hope all the passengers breathed in when The Caption Cook sailed under that bridge.

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  10. Goodness, think I shall travel an alternative way to Fremantle from now on!

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  11. That was close.... I quicly scrolled down to see photo number 3.
    Anyway, I really like photo number 4 wit all the lines too. Nice posting.

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  12. There's a lot going on around this 'little' bridge. Nice history too.

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  13. Wow, that boat barely fit under the bridge. I've been hearing lately that there are lots of bridges all over the world that need some tending to.

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  14. Great bridge, interesting to see how the boat clears it neatly...

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  15. Captain Cook just barely fit under the bridge...
    Looks like some beautiful weather down under, Grace!

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  16. I hope they'll do something before it's too late;we also some places like this, where I hold on my breath when I have to go through..

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  17. Looks like it's a tight fit under that bridge!

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  18. Beautiful Photos & ship handling!

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  19. wow...that is great!!!
    Good blog.
    I'l be back,
    Greetings
    BlueShell

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  20. It almost seems like the boat has to duck!

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  21. Very interesting post. The third one pic is exciting.

    Greetings from Roberto, Brazil

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  22. That was indeed close. Thank you for this adventure. Rarely a bridge over here.

    Please have a good week ahead.

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