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Birkenhead Bridge in February 2010
|Owner||Department of Planning, Transport & Infrastructure|
|Preceded by||Tom 'Diver' Derrick Bridge|
|Followed by||Jervois Bridge|
|Total length||246 metres|
|Clearance above||5.4 metres|
|Constructed by||Adelaide Construction|
|Fabrication by||Perry Engineering|
|Opened||14 December 1940|
In February 1938, the Government of South Australia awarded a contract to Adelaide Construction to build a bridge across the Port River from Birkenhead to Port Adelaide, with Perry Engineering contracted to supply the steelwork. The bridge was opened on 14 December 1940 by Governor Malcolm Barclay-Harvey. It was one of only four bascule bridges in the world adapted for use by trolleybuses.
In 2014, two of the four road lanes were converted into pedestrian and bike paths. In 2020, the timber road deck is scheduled to be replaced with fibre reinforced polymer and the timber footpath with aluminium.
The bridge is listed on the South Australian Heritage Register.
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