Chapter Nine

A special pre-cast yard was built on Melbourne's outskirts to manufacture segments used in the construction of the elevated road leading to the new Bolte Bridge. Tunnelling, particularly for the deep and long Burnley tunnel, was difficult and dangerous, being mostly in soft, wet and inconsistent ground conditions. Despite stringent safety standards, several accidents took place, the most serious one being the death of a construction worker in May 1997, when a small hole, at ground level, unexpectedly caved in on him.    


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Melbourne City Link. Some of the 3,500 pre-cast segments used in the construction of the road. Melbourne City Link. One of the five piers supporting the Bolte Bridge under construction. Melbourne City Link. The Bolte Bridge by night. The bridge has two central towers, each 140 metres high.