Captain Cook Bridge, New South Wales

Captain Cook Bridge, New South Wales

Captain Cook Bridge, New South Wales

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The Captain Cook Bridge is one of three major road crossings of the Georges River in Sydney, Australia. It crosses at the mouth of the river into Botany Bay.

The other two crossings over the Georges River are Tom Uglys Bridge, which opened in 1929 and Alfords Point Bridge, which opened in 1973. Tom Uglys Bridge connects Blakehurst to Sylvania. Alfords Point Bridge connects Alfords Point to Padstow Heights.

History

A ferry service ran between Sans Souci and Taren Point from 1911. From April 1916 a vehicular punt ran between the two points, and continued to do so even after the opening of the Tom Uglys Bridge in 1929.

The Captain Cook Bridge was opened in 1965 and is named after Captain James Cook who landed at nearby Kurnell on 29 April 1770, when navigating his way around Australia on his ship, the Endeavour.

Description

The Captain Cook Bridge carries three lanes of traffic in either direction and links Rocky Point Road at Sans Souci in the St George area to Taren Point Road at Taren Point in the Sutherland Shire. There are also two walkways for pedestrians an cyclists along either side of the bridge. Loop walkways run under the bridge at Sans Souci and Taren Point and provide access along the foreshore.

The Captain Cook Bridge is the only section of the planned F6 Freeway that has been built inside the Sydney metropolitan area. The speed limit across the bridge and associated road sections is 80 km/h.

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