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West Gate Bridge

West Gate Bridge prior to the 2011 upgrade

General Information

Structural Type: Cable-stayed bridge
Function / usage: Road bridge
Built: 1968 - 1978
Status: in use

Geographic Information & Related Structures

Location: Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, Australia and Oceania
Crosses
  • Yarra River

Technical Information

Dimensions

main span 336 m
width max. 37.3 m
total length 2582.6 m
clearance min. 53.7 m
pylon pylon height 102 m

Cost

cost of construction Australian dollar 202 000 000

Materials

deck of main bridge steel
deck of approaches concrete

Products, Services & Reports

West Gate Bridge crosses the mouth of the Yarra River in Melbourne, Australia. Its 2.6km overall length comprises two concrete box girder high le ...

Chronology

15 October 1970

Steel span collapses during construction killing 35.

15 November 1978

The bridge is opened.

Participants

Design
Engineering
Co-contractor
Subcontractor
Steel supplier
Stay cable steel supplier
Strengthening
Wind tunnel testing
Post-collapse investigation
Expertise

Relevant Web Sites

Relevant Publications

Internal Information
Structure-ID: 20002441
Created: 30/11/2001
Last Updated: 29/07/2014