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Preferred route for VIC's North East Link revealed


Posted by Monica Gameng

The route for Victoria’s North East Link has been confirmed, taking this massive project – that will build the missing link in Melbourne’s freeway network – a step closer to construction.

“People have been talking about connecting the Ring Road and the Eastern Freeway for decades but it’s always been put in the too hard basket – not anymore.

“This is the biggest transport project in Victoria’s history – our state needs it and only Labor will get it done,” Premier Daniel Andrews said.

The route of the North East Link – estimated to cost up to $16.5 billion – will begin on the Eastern Freeway at Springvale Road where six extra dedicated lames will be constructed to eliminate some of eastern Melbourne’s bottlenecks.

Under the Victorian Government, the expanded Eastern Freeway section will remain toll-free.

To the west, the freeway will be connecting to a new six lane tunnel at Bulleen with local underground connections at Banksia St and Manningham Road.

This five-kilometre tunnel will run deep under the Yarra River which protects parkland and residential areas that are environmentally sensitive.

Lower Plenty Road will have a local connection, with the North East Link running north beside the existing Greensborough Highway.

With a new interchange, the North East Link will travel beneath Grimshaw Street in Watsonia and then connect seamlessly to the M80 Ring Road at Greensborough – which will also be widened.

An interactive map of the North East link can be found here.

Once this project is completed, travel times between Melbourne’s north and south will be reduced by up to 30 minutes in each direction. People travelling to Melbourne Airport from the south and east will also see an improvement in travel time.

Congestion will be reduced on local roads in the north eastern suburbs, with about 15,000 trucks taken off local streets daily. More than 9,000 vehicles will also be removed from hotspots like Rosanna Road.

“The North East Link will take 15,000 trucks off local roads, create thousands of jobs and deliver massive travel time savings for drivers,” Minister for Roads and Road Safety Luke Donnellan said.

Detailed design for the North East Link will now be underway together with the business case, including the final cost estimates, and will be publicly released ahead of the Victorian Budget 2018/19.

This project is expected to create up to 10,000 jobs for the region. The procurement and planning process is set to begin in 2018 before a preferred builder is selected in 2019.

Major construction works are expected to commence in 2020.

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Source: Premier of Victoria

Monica Gameng

Monica Gameng

As PlantMiner's Marketing Assistant since 2015, Monica is responsible for researching and sharing new and progressing projects within the construction and mining sectors in Australia. It's no surprise that Monica has her finger on the pulse of Australian major projects given she has produced more than 1000 posts. She truly is an industry expert. Monica's passion for educating and inspiring readers saw the PlantMiner blog recognised by Feedspot as one of the Best Australian Construction Blogs in 2018 and 2019. PlantMiner is Australia's largest online construction marketplace. Sign up as a vendor to find and engage with civil and commercial contractors across Australia. Alternatively, if you're looking for plant and equipment you can compare equipment and subcontractor quotes from vendors near you in just a few steps.