The bridge was designed as a Monier arch structure of three equal river spans with concrete abutments,
concrete footpaths and cast iron balustrade panels and is the first significant reinforced concrete structure erected in Victoria. The bridge was erected on dry land and, upon completion, the Yarra River was diverted under it.
(The Commission is in the process of developing and/or upgrading official statements for places listed prior to 1991. The above data was mainly provided by the nominator and has not yet been revised by the Commission.)
The Morell Bridge, over the River Yarra at Anderson Street South Yarra, was constructed in 1899 and wrongly attributed to celebrated soldier and civil engineer John Monash. It was designed and constructed by Sydney based engineers, Carter and Gumnow, patentees of the Monier Construction System in Australia.