Sydney Harbour Bridge to be repainted after 81 years

Iconic Harbour Bridge is getting a facelift. Photo: Tourism Australia

The Sydney Harbour Bridge is to have its biggest makeover since 1932, with a new coat of paint that will take two years to complete, the New South Wales state government said yesterday. The bridge, which links the northern and central parts of the city and is one of the world's most recognisable symbols, will be sanded back to bare steel and repainted for the first time in its 81-year history.

Friday, 31 May, 2013, 4:01am

China Digest, December 14, 2012

A large panda statue recently erected in the middle of a Wanjing area traffic circle has draw fire from local residents, Beijing Times reports. 

14 Dec 2012 - 3:59am

Link spanning Pearl River Delta from Shenzhen to Zhongshan approved

Proposed link

Guangdong authorities have finally approved a 55-kilometre bridge-and-tunnel project to provide Shenzhen a direct route to the western side of the Pearl River Delta.

The provincial Transport Department has released its plan for the link between Shenzhen and Zhongshan , which would reduce travel times to less than 30 minutes in clear traffic, down from about 90 minutes.

8 Nov 2012 - 4:02am

Activist frets as traffic builds at Qing-era bridge

Heritage officials have failed to conserve a rare Qing dynasty granite bridge in Yuen Long, leaving it defaced and carrying an increasingly heavy load of traffic in a village being transformed by redevelopment.

13 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

Bridge builders skimp on moral fibre

Widespread anger over infrastructure projects- linked to graft, wasteful spending and quality concerns- has people comparing the bitter harvest of a supposedly resurgent China with the more robust constructions of earlier generations.

20 Aug 2011 - 12:00am

Building better bridges between HK's schools

More than 400 students channelled their knowledge and creativity into building model bridges at an engineering competition held on April 12.

The Fifth Bridge Building Competition for Secondary Schools 2008 aimed to raise student's interest in civil engineering, to strengthen team spirit and to let students gain an appreciation of building work.

28 Apr 2008 - 12:00am

Someone to talk to at the edge of darkness

New York

We all know we should strive for the heights if we want a better future. But sometimes those who don't want a future at all climb to the highest point and jump into eternal darkness.

18 Sep 2007 - 12:00am

Design of collapsed bridge defended

Experts blame sand barge for cave-in

Bridge experts have rejected claims that the collapse of Foshan's Jiujiang Bridge last week was linked to poor design.

21 Jun 2007 - 12:00am

Search for bodies after river bridge plunge

The search was continuing last night for people in six vehicles believed to have plunged into Guangdong's West River, or Xijiang, after a sand barge struck a support of the Jiujiang Bridge early yesterday.

'We are using sonar to search for people and the vehicles that might be missing in the accident,' Nanhai district spokesman Mai Shaoqiang said.

16 Jun 2007 - 12:00am

Winners build a solid bridge

Five budding engineers made a bridge of small wooden beams that withstood a toy car weighing 130 times its weight.

The students amazed spectators with the feat in the Bridge Building Competition for Secondary Schools earlier this month.

24 Apr 2007 - 12:00am

A bridge too far

1 Who officiated at the inauguration ceremony for the Tsing Ma Bridge, on April 27, 1997?

2 In what year was San Francisco's Golden Gate Bridge opened?

3 The two Lake Pontchartrain Causeway bridges are the longest in the world. They measure: a) 18.4km, b) 28.4km or c) 38.4km?

13 Aug 2006 - 12:00am

Joint customs post for bridge scrapped - chief sees progress

Guangdong and Hong Kong have ruled out a unified immigration and customs clearance facility for the proposed bridge linking the city with Zhuhai and Macau.

Emerging from yesterday's joint conference, Mr Tsang hailed the deal as an 'important breakthrough' for the project. But container truck drivers said having three checkpoints could hold up drivers.

3 Aug 2006 - 12:00am

Bridges go too far on Yangtze

The Yangtze River is under threat from too many bridges, a former water official warned.

In his latest book, New Recycle Economy, Wu Jisong predicted that the number of large bridges along the nation's longest waterway would increase from 31 in 2000 to 60 in 2010, Xinhua reported yesterday. This compares to just eight in 1995.

5 Oct 2005 - 12:00am

Pierless audacity

Ruling elites the world over live by this motto: 'No one ever went broke underestimating the intelligence of the public.'

Alas in Hong Kong, it's the other way round. After Cyberport and Disneyland, it seems leading businesses are finding it nearly impossible to underestimate our leaders.

8 Jan 2005 - 12:00am

Briefing on bridge project

Researchers from the mainland will brief officials from Guangdong, Hong Kong and Macau this week on the progress of a feasibility study on the proposed bridge linking Zhuhai and the two special administrative regions.

11 Oct 2004 - 12:00am