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Works progressing on VIC’s longest road tunnels

VIC’s multi-billion-dollar regional road blitz underway

Construction on the North East Link tunnels in Victoria is powering ahead, with works underway for on and off ramps at a new interchange.

The North East Link signifies the largest ever investment in Melbourne’s north-east and once complete will remove 15,00 trucks from local traffic and reduce travel times by up to 35 minutes.

The new interchange at Manningham will help to divert 14,700 vehicles off Bulleen Road daily, with this traffic to instead travel through the new 6.5 kilometre road tunnels.

Works on this section are focused on building structural walls to allow for the excavation of the ramps, as well as the tunnel boring machine retrieval box.

The tunnel boring machines for these works are expected to arrive in late 2023. The machines will be assembled before major tunnelling works begin next year.


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Development has started on surrounding infrastructure, including the TBM launch area which will consist of two large storage sheds.

Additional works are also underway to move Bulleen Road further west, to make space to build the new Yarra Link green bridge over Bulleen Road, linking Koonung Creek Trail to Bulleen Park.

Minister for Transport and Infrastructure Jacinta Allan said the project would provide new employment opportunities for local industry.

“The North East Link is more than just Victoria’s biggest road project – it’s an investment in communities in Melbourne’s north east, getting trucks off local roads and slashing travel times,” Allan said.

North East Link will be complete in 2028.

To learn more about the project, click here.

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