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West Gate Bridge

West Gate Bridge prior to the 2011 upgrade

General Information

Beginning of works: 1968
End of works: 1978
Status: in use

Project Type

Structure: Cable-stayed bridge
Function / usage: Road bridge
Material: Steel bridge

Geographic Information & Related Structures

Location: Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
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 ...

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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

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Relevant Publications

  • About this
    data sheet
  • Structure-ID
    20002441
  • Date created
    30/11/2001
  • Last Update
    29/07/2014