The Narrows Bridge in Perth crosses the Swan River and is now an essential element in the infrastructure of the city.
The bridge was originally built by 1959 and was opened on the 13th November at 10.30am
(Heritage Perth, 2014)
. To celebrate this historic bridge, the Royal Australian Mint has included it in the capital bridges collection.
The collection focuses on five historic bridges in each of Australia's capital cities; The Tom Diver Derrick VC Bridge in
Adelaide, the Pyrmont Bridge in Sydney, the Princes Bridge in Melbourne, the Story Bridge in Brisbane and the Narrows Bridge
in Perth. The artist chosen for the series was Ben Hutchings.The Perth version shows the Narrows Bridge with the city outline
in the background along with the
Prior to the bridge being built, there was a ferry service in operation but the only alternative was a 29-kilometre detour which was tedious, to say the least. The bridge at the Narrows had been called for on previous occasions, but eventually, the need was too great to ignore. Upon completion, the bridge was used for many years and the volume of traffic increased accordingly with a rise in population. The Kwinana Freeway was expanded in both directions and the volume of traffic was considered to be the highest in the country and calls for another bridge had to be listened to. It was decided that a parallel bridge would be built alongside the original and this was completed by 1999. The new six-lane bridges were welcomed by everyone that had struggled with two-way traffic before but had to endure almost two years of delays to actually use it. Whilst this bridge was opened to the public, discussions had taken place about the construction of a railway between the two road bridges. This proposal was altered slightly between the changing of governments but was finally completed in 2005 (Heritage Perth, 2014) .
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