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Nepean River Reflections || PENRITH | by rhyspope
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Nepean River Reflections || PENRITH

Victoria Bridge, also known as the Nepean River Bridge, is a wrought iron girder bridge which crosses the Nepean River in the western suburb of Penrith in Sydney, Australia. It carries the Great Western Highway

 

The bridge is significant in the development of the colony of NSW as it allowed the railway, which previously terminated at Penrith, to reach the Blue Mountains and beyond, as well as providing continuous road passage across the river using the Great Western Highway.

 

Today the bridge's significance as a road route to the Blue Mountains is diminished, as the Great Western Highway no longer leads to the Blue Mountains on its former alignment. The M4 Western Motorway now serves as the road route into the mountains where it joins the Great Western Highway at Lapstone Hill.

 

Nevertheless, the bridge maintains its significance as a local tourist attraction and a centrepiece to sporting events along the Nepean River, as well as continuing to serve as vital link between the suburbs west of the Nepean, such as Emu Plains, and the major suburban centre of Penrith. The 1907 railway bridge however, still takes the western railway line over the river and to the Blue Mountains.

  

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Taken on April 14, 2011