North East Link options mulled


The missing link in Melbourne’s road network is one step closer, with the Victorian Government unveiling four potential corridor options for the North East Link

 

The North East Link is projected to slash congestion in Melbourne’s north east and take trucks off local roads, while creating more than 5000 new jobs.

"For decades the North East Link has been put in the too hard basket – this is the missing link Melbourne desperately needs to slash congestion and stop the rat runs in the north east," Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews says.

"We said we would look at all options and that’s exactly what we’ve done. This is about making sure we get this project right."

The four possible corridors were determined through works spanning the entire north-east, including geo-technical investigations, traffic modelling, environment studies and discussions with community groups, businesses and local residents.

Each corridor was assessed against a range of measures including key local concerns such as reducing congestion and getting trucks off residential roads, as well as the impact on urban areas and the environment.

All the options identified begin at the Ring Road in Greensborough and connect to either the Eastern Freeway or EastLink, and all will involve tunnels, new surface roads
and bridges.

"For too long local roads in the north-east have become default freeways. North East Link will fix that – carrying 100,000 vehicles a day and creating 5000 jobs," Minister for Roads Luke Donnellan says.

People who live and work in the area will be able provide feedback online or at community information sessions taking place across the north-east throughout August.

The government is expected to determine the preferred corridor by the end of the year.
The Victorian Budget 2017/18 provided the first $100 million for the North East Link to undertake design, planning and preconstruction works, ahead of contracts being signed in 2019 and construction commencing in 2020.

 

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