Designs unveiled for $11.2bn road project in Victoria, Australia

WCN Editorial Team 10 Sep 2018 OCEANIA TRANSPORT INFRASTRUCTURE

The Andrews Labor Government of the Australian state of Victoria has unveiled designs for the North East Link, which is touted to be the state’s biggest road project.

With the completion of the reference design for the AUD15.8bn ($11.2bn) project, procurement is expected to begin if the Andrews Labor government is re-elected in the coming elections.

Victoria Premier Daniel Andrews and Minister for Roads and Road Safety Luke Donnellan unveiled new 3D videos, images and maps of the mega project, which will be on display across the north eastern suburbs over the coming weeks.

The new design features more open space with new green bridges, a new noise standard and 25km of new and upgraded walking and cycling paths. The new design has been prepared in response to community feedback.

The twin three-lane tunnels will now be 5.3km long, protecting homes and environmentally sensitive parkland above. The ventilation structures will be located far away from homes.

The new design includes 1.2km of lowered road, which will minimise the visual impact and create more open spaces with green land bridges.

North East Link will be built to a noise standard of 63 decibels, with better noise walls, which will place it alongside the West Gate Tunnel as one of the quietest motorways in the state.

The North East Link proposes to give local roads back to local people, taking trucks off local streets, cutting down travel times and easing congestion in the north eastern suburbs.

If re-elected, the Andrews Labor Government said that it will put North East Link out to market within the first 100 days to enable construction to begin in 2020. The motorway is expected to be opened in 2027.

The North East Link Authority will conduct drop-in community sessions over the coming weeks.

Andrews said: “We’ve already removed 26 dangerous and congested level crossings and we’re building the Metro and West Gate Tunnels – but there’s still more to do. Only Labor will deliver the North East Link and give local roads back to locals.

“We said we’d do the work to get this project ready to go within the first 100 days of a re-elected Labor Government, and that’s exactly what we’ve done.”

Donnellan said: “North East Link will be Victoria’s longest road tunnel, with massive land bridges and a series of high-tech interchanges to minimise impacts on homes, businesses and environmentally sensitive areas.

“These designs show the community what North East Link will look like, how it will improve local access, open up new public spaces and how it will be built to the toughest noise requirements in our state’s history.”

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Image: Melbourne’s first dedicated busway will be built as part of North East Link. Photo: courtesy of State of Victoria.

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