Melbourne’s Missing Link
Published: 7 August 2017
The missing link in Melbourne's road network is one step closer, with the Victorian Government today unveiling the four potential corridor options for the North East Link.
The North East Link will slash congestion in Melbourne's north east, stop the rat-runs and take trucks off local roads, creating more than 5,000 new jobs.
The four possible corridors have been determined through extensive 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 has been assessed against a range of measures including key local concerns such as reducing congestion, getting trucks of residential roads, as well as the impact on urban areas and the environment.
Each of the options identified begin at the Ring Road in Greensborough and connect to either the Eastern Freeway or EastLink, and will involve tunnels, new surface roads and bridges.
The Government is expected to determine the preferred corridor by the end of the year.
The Victorian Budget 2017/2018 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.