Explore Commonwealth Ave Bridge – Laurie Westcott


Explore Commonwealth Ave Bridge – Laurie Westcott

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Your invitation to the Club Outing for February follows. Come along to enjoy and socialise or to enhance the bridge photographically.
 
SCC Outing: “Commonwealth Avenue Bridge”, Thursday 22 February – 9:15 – 11am
The first bridge across the Molonglo River was built in 1916 replacing a ford which I remember using on a visit to Canberra during the construction of the existing bridge. The current bridge is the fourth bridge across the Molonglo and was opened in 1963. Under the north and south abutments of Commonwealth Avenue Bridge are a pair of two-tonne historic stones from the 1816 Waterloo Bridge in London.
Due to its remarkable engineering design the Commonwealth Avenue Bridge has not undergone any significant maintenance works for sixty years. However, the time for these updates has come.
As you are no doubt aware, the bridge is to be strengthened and remodelled with a third span placed between the existing two to carry the light rail from Civic through to Woden. Work on the light rail extension has already commenced around Capitol Hill with the bridge maintenance work to start this year and finish in 2025.
Given the proximity of the new work bringing changes to its structure, appearance and function, we thought you could be interested in photographically recording the bridge as it currently is, in whatever way you thought fit. The opportunity will allow you to walk across it, under it and along side it, to best represent its elegant, refined and functional features. We will regroup for refreshments at the Walter Cafe at Regatta Point by 11am.
Paid parking is available on both sides of the lake and on either side of Commonwealth Avenue: north side more convenient to Walter Cafe and car spaces certainly plentiful near the Cafe on Wednesday 7 February.
When: Thursday, 22 February, at 9:15am for 9:30am start 
Regroup at Walter Cafe, Regatta Point by 11am