Southern early works

Traffic on the Eastern Freeway

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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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.

Online community information sessions

If you want to speak technical specialists about the works, see more detailed maps and ask questions, register to attend an online information session. All you need is good internet connection and a computer with video and sound (or a smartphone)

Each session will:

  • Cover the same content, so you only need to attend one
  • Be limited to a small group, to give everyone time to ask questions

Sign up here to attend an online community information session.

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 around the works areas to securely store construction equipment and provide works crews safe access to the site.

Some local roads will be affected for the duration of the works. We will advise residents of planned changes closer to the time of construction.

Tree removal around the works area may be required.

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.