Photographer's Note

I took this shot from Darling Harbour on a clear winters day looking towards the West. The shot shows Blackwattle Bay the Western suburbs of Sydney and in the far distance the Blue Mountains. On the right of frame is the ANZAC Bridge
The bridge was completed in 1995 to replace the former Glebe Island Bridge, an electrically operated swing bridge in operation since 1901. Increasing traffic and the problem of closing a major arterial road to allow the movement of shipping into Blackwattle Bay were the principal reasons for the construction of the new bridge.
The bridge was opened on December 3 1995 and was criticized by some as "over engineered" because of its size - with seven lanes for traffic. The criticism proved unfounded as the bridge was reconfigured for eight traffic lanes in 2005. There is a pedestrian path / bikeway that runs along the northern side of the bridge, making possible a leisurely 30-40 minute walk from Glebe Point Road, down Bridge Road, over the Bridge and round Blackwattle Bay back to Glebe Point Road.
The bridge was given its current name (ANZAC Bridge) on Remembrance Day in 1998 to honour the memory of the soldiers of the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC) who served and perished in World War I. An Australian Flag flies atop the eastern pylon and a New Zealand Flag flies atop the western pylon. A bronze memorial statue of an Australian ANZAC soldier ("digger") holding a Lee Enfield rifle pointing down was placed on the western end of the bridge on ANZAC Day in 2000 facing the West towards the inland of Australia. A statue of a New Zealand solider was added to a plinth across the road from the Australian Digger, facing to the east, which is towards New Zealand.

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