The bridge was designed by architects Denton Corker Marshall and was built for head contractor Transurban by Baulderstone Hornibrook, construction taking three years from 1996 to 1999 and costing $75 million. It was named by Jeff Kennett, for former Premier of Victoria, Sir Henry Bolte because of its linking the West Gate, Monash and Tullamarine Freeways - projects commissioned or completed by the Bolte Government.
It is one of the largest balanced cantilever box girder bridges, that were cast in situ, in Australia. The superstructure is built as two independent bridges of variable depth, pre-stressed concrete box girders, separated by a 1.15 m clear gap between the structures.
The bridge features two 90 metre high silver towers, situated on either side of the roadway at the midpoint of the bridge's span. These two towers are an aesthetic addition by the architects, and are not joined to the main body of the bridge. The towers are hollow, and feature access ladders to a small roof top hatch. The bridge has four spans with two main spans of 173 metres and side spans of 72 metres, giving an overall bridge length of 490 metres. The bridge supports six lanes of automobile traffic. Access is prohibited to cyclists and pedestrians.
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