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The Westgate Bridge

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The Westgate Bridge is a cable-stayed steel box girder bridge. It's over all length is 8471ft/2582.6 meters. The height of the towers are 177ft/54m each.

Work on the bridge first started in 1968 and it was finished in 1978. At the time, it cost $202 million dollars to build. If built today, it would cost @ least 4-5 times that amount.

It has 8 lanes including 1 brake down lane in both directions. It is a traffic only bridge and no pedestrians are allowed on the bridge.

The West Gate Bridge is the 2nd longest bridge in Australia. It crosses the Yarra River at the mouth of Port Phillip Bay. It joins the suburban and industrial sprawl of Western Melbourne to Melbourne

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Is this the bridge that had a large collapse during it's construction? I saw something about it on one of those engineering disaster shows on the History Channel or the Discovery Channel.

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