The North East Link will connect the Metropolitan Ring Road at Greensborough to the Eastern Freeway or EastLink. Extensive technical, environmental and social investigations will help determine the best route for the project, with a key focus on protecting existing urban areas and minimising environmental impacts.
The project will take trucks off local streets and reduce congestion in Melbourne’s northern suburbs. It will provide an essential north-south connection, catering for Melbourne’s future growth, while linking the eastern suburbs to the northern and western suburbs and the airport.
All options for the new link will be considered and early work will include geotechnical testing at 24 sites across the north-eastern suburbs. The tests will not be related to any potential route the project may take but will provide valuable information about soil, rock and groundwater conditions across Melbourne’s north-east.
The North East Link is Victoria’s next priority road project identified in Infrastructure Victoria’s historic 30 year plan. Extensive community engagement, planning and business case development will be underway in the first half of this year. Planning studies will be released and project procurement will commence in 2018.
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