The Spit Bridge celebrates 60 years 

The Manly Spit Bridge today reaches a historic milestone, turning 60!

It is the only lift bridge still operational on a major arterial road and remains an important transport link between Sydney’s northern beaches and the city, allowing 70,000 motorists and 60,000 bus commuters through daily.

Built by British engineers, construction of the bridge began in 1951. It was built in Darlington, England and shipped to Sydney, it was officially opened to traffic on Wednesday 19 November 1958.

With the old bridge at Middle Harbour nearing the end of its useful life the Department of Main Roads decided to replace it with a bridge double the width, providing a four-lane roadway flanked either side by 1.5 metre footpaths.

Only a handful of individuals know how to operate the mechanisms that open the bridge for what is an essential community service.

The bridge is opened up to six times a day and eight times on a weekend to allow marine traffic with masts of six or more metres above sea level to pass through Middle Harbour.

Click here to watch a video commemorating the 60th anniversary of the Spit Bridge. Link -