The Bolte Bridge is a large twin Cantilever bridge in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.
It spans the Yarra River and Victoria Harbour in the Docklands precinct to the west of the Melbourne CBD. It forms part of the CityLink system of tollroads that connects the Tullamarine Freeway from the northern suburbs with the West Gate Freeway and the Domain and Burnley tunnels to the Monash Freeway and the south eastern suburbs.
The bridge was designed by architects Denton Corker Marshall and constructed over three years from 1996 to 1999 and cost $75 million. It was named for former Premier of Victoria, Sir Henry Bolte.
The bridge is owned by CityLink and was built for head contractor Transurban by Baulderstone Hornibrook. It is one the largest balanced cantilever cast in situ box girder bridges in Australia.
The superstructure is built as two independent bridges of variable depth, prestressed concrete box girders, separated by a 1.15 m clear gap between the structures. Either side of the bridge rise twin 'Gateway Towers' to a height of 140 metres (459.3 ft) midway across the river. It has four spans with two main spans of 173 metres (567.6 ft) and side spans of 72 metres (236.2 ft), giving an overall bridge length of 490 metres (1,607.6 ft). The bridge supports six lanes of automobile traffic. Access is prohibited to cyclists and pedestrians.
Carries 6 lanes (3 inbound, 3 outbound)
Crosses Yarra River
Locale Melbourne, Australia
Maintained by Transurban
Longest span 173 metres
Total length 490 metres
Width 15.35 metres
Clearance below Approx 25 metres
AADT Approx 50,000
Opening date 16 August 1999
Road Closures Sunday 13th November 2011.
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