Four options for NE Link
NEARLY 50 YEARS of procrastination and five major studies later, Victoria has come up with four options for its Melbourne freeway orbital connection.
Indications from the North East Link Authority’s (NELA’s) North East Link Technical Summary are that the shortest, flattest route needing the least tunnelling will be the most attractive to the trucking industry and the state government.
“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,” the government says.
“Each corridor has been 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.
“Each of the options 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.”
Costs are estimated at $200 to $300 million per surface road kilometre and $800 million to $1 billion per tunnel kilometre.
The state government is expected to pick the preferred corridor by the end of the year, with contracts due to be signed in 2019 and construction starting in 2020.
The report notes industry consultation is crucial. OPTION A would use the existing road reserve to link to the M80, follow the Greensborough Bypass south to the Eastern Freeway near Bulleen Road.
OPTION B would provide a direct connection from the M80 at Greensborough to EastLink at Ringwood. It would also provide the functionality of an orbital motorway section that connects the northern and north-eastern growth areas to south-east Melbourne via EastLink.
OPTION C’S northern end would connect to the M80 using a previous road corridor that runs from the Greensborough Bypass/ Diamond Creek Road roundabout to Ryans Road. Its southern end would connect to EastLink at Ringwood. It provides the functionality of a traditional orbital motorway section that connects the northern growth area to south-east Melbourne via EastLink.
OPTION D would connect with EastLink south of Ringwood and travel east using part of the proposed Healesville Freeway Reserve and travel east to Lilydale. It would then turn back and head west to the M80 travelling though Bend of Islands and Kangaroo Ground.
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“... the shortest, attest route needing the least tunnelling will be the most attractive ...”