Southern early works

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The southern section of the early works program includes works south of Lower Plenty Road and along the Eastern Freeway.

Click on the headings below to read more about early works in your area and register to attend our online information sessions for Yarra East Main Sewer.

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Yarra East Main Sewer

This year, we’ll be moving a vital piece of Melbourne’s sewer network, the Yarra East Main Sewer (YEMS) to prepare for major construction of North East Link in 2021.

CPB Contractors are leading these early works and we’re starting to speak to residents about how the relocation of the YEMS will affect them.

The YEMS, originally built in the 1960s, runs below Bulleen Road and is a major sewer that services thousands of homes and businesses across Melbourne’s North East.

We know that no matter the final design of the North East Link, the sewer will need to be moved out of the way, before main works can begin.

The new section of the YEMS will be moved east of Bulleen Road and connect back to the existing YEMS at the Eastern Freeway.

Download the factsheet PDF, 1.7 MB to find out more.

What to expect during construction

During construction, residents and businesses may notice increased construction activity along Bulleen Road near the works sites.

Site compounds will be set up at the old drive-in site and Trinity Grammar sports complex to securely store construction equipment and provide works crews safe access to the site. An offset car park will be constructed within the old drive-in site for business and community use.

Works to build the site compounds will commence in mid-July this year.

Changes to local roads

Some local roads will be impacted for the duration of the works. Avon Street will be closed at Bulleen Road while the works are completed. Access to Avon Street will be via Austin Street. Traffic management and detours will be in place to direct road users and pedestrians around the area.

To keep traffic moving during construction some changes to Bullen Road are also required, including removal of median strips and line marking works. Two lanes of traffic will be maintained each way along Bulleen Road.

Residents and community will be notified of planned traffic management before construction starts.

Managing construction impacts

As with all construction projects, there will be some impacts to the community. This may include increased noise, dust or vibration near works areas.

These impacts may be caused by use of heavy machinery, ongoing site activities or the removal and transport of excavated materials.

Some tree removal around the works areas may also be required.

Construction impacts are managed by the projects strict Environmental Performance Requirements (EPRs). EPRs are just one way we can manage these impacts, and through careful planning and consultation with the local community we can manage these impacts well.

Download the factsheet PDF, 66.1 KB for more information about how our contractors manage construction impacts.

Over the next six weeks, we will be hard at work building a site compound at the old drive-in site on Greenaway Street, Bulleen.

The site compound will support the relocation of a section of the Yarra East Main Sewer (YEMS) under Bulleen Road. The site compound will include offices and amenities to prepare the site for upcoming works in the area.

Parking for workers will also be established within the site to keep construction vehicles off local roads. An offset car park for community use will also be built within the site.

Once the site compound is established, haul roads and equipment storage will be set up so relocation works on the YEMS can begin.

You can find out more about the Greenaway Street site compound here.

Greenaway Street traffic signal works

From early September works will commence to install new traffic signals on the corner of Greenaway Street and Bulleen Road.

The new signals will provide a safe right and turn movement in and out of Greenaway Street onto Bulleen Road. New pedestrian crossings will be installed across Greenaway Street and Bulleen Road.

Works to install the new signals will be day works and take around five weeks to install.

Find out more about the new traffic signals here

Eastern Freeway

We’re moving two water mains under the Eastern Freeway between Estelle Street, Bulleen and Koonung Creek Reserve, Balwyn North to prepare for major construction of North East Link in 2021.

Around 124 metres of new water pipes will be installed under the Eastern Freeway. To minimise disruptions for local residents and keep traffic moving, the pipes will be installed using a micro Tunnel Boring Machine (TBM).

Connections to existing water mains will be built at both ends of the freeway by digging a trench that can be filled and then covered once works are finished.

To support these works, a site compound will be established within Koonung Creek Reserve and a works area will be built next to the roadway on Estelle Street.

Works will start later this year and take about nine months to complete.

Download the factsheet PDF, 2.8 MB to find out more.

What to expect during construction

To make sure people can move safely around work areas, we’re planning some temporary changes to local roads, as well as walking and cycling paths and trails.

We’re also looking at how we can minimise impacts on Koonung Creek Reserve while still providing access to and from work areas.

We expect there will be some noise at the around above ground work sites, and measures will be put in place to help manage this. Noise will be carefully modelled and closely monitored to comply with the project's strict Environmental Performance Requirements.

Changes to Estelle Street

A section of Estelle Street on the east side of the Kenneth Street roundabout near Yarraleen Trail will need to be temporarily closed when we install connections to the existing water network under the road. These works are planned for early 2021.

The rest of Estelle Street and all other local roads in the area will stay open and residents will be able to access their driveways at all times.

A temporary detour for pedestrians and cyclists using the Koonung Creek Trail will also be in place.

Changes to Koonung Creek Reserve

Depending on the location of the temporary access road within the reserve, sections of the main Koonung Creek Trail and tracks may need to be temporarily diverted.

Any detours will be well sign posted and suitable for bike riders and walkers.

As part of works in Koonung Creek Reserve, some vegetation will need to be removed.

Strict Environmental Performance Requirements will ensure this is minimised as much as possible and replaced through new planting.

Construction traffic

Construction vehicles will need to use local roads to access the works area within Koonung Creek Reserve. This will be carefully managed to ensure trucks move safely through the area.

The Eastern Freeway will be upgraded as part of the North East Link Project and will feature additional lanes and Melbourne’s first dedicated busway.

To allow for widening works on Eastern Freeway, a number of water, power and telecommunications services need to be relocated.

Overhead power lines will be moved along the Eastern freeway between Elgar Road and Middleborough road and at Mountain View Road.

Builders will tunnel under the Eastern Freeway to connect new underground power lines to the Eram Road substation.

Tunnelling will also be used to move a large water main under the Eastern Freeway between Estelle Street and Koonung Creek Reserve.

Power and telecommunication lines will be moved at Chandler Highway and Burke Road.

Doing these works now will reduce service impacts to residents throughout major construction and ensure the safe delivery of the main works construction from 2021.

Utility relocations along the Eastern Freeway are expected to start in late-2020 and continue through to 2021.