Design released for East West Link

Both Victorian Premier, Denis Napthine, and Minister for Roads, Terry Mulder, were at the public release of the detailed design for stage one of the East West Link, a the six kilometre road to link Melbourne's Eastern Freeway to the CityLink.

The East West Link is expected to be one of Victoria’s largest infrastructure projects with construction planned to begin by the end of 2014. The government says savings will be delivered from improved traffic flows, faster travel times, better freight movement and improved road safety.

“The Coalition Government is deeply committed to this transformative project which I am confident will deliver significant benefits for decades to come,” Premier Denis Napthine said.
The design is said to be able provide a seven-minute trip from the Eastern Freeway to CityLink and move 80,000 to 100,000 cars per day through the tunnel. The plan includes a new design for a port connection to provide for the next stage of the East West Link to have a head start in the future.
“This design allows for a range of construction methods, including some of the longest road tunnels in Australia at around 4.4 kilometres, to reduce community impacts as much as possible,” said Napthine. “It has been developed by specialists who have vast experience in urban design and construction, and we look forward to receiving community feedback on it.'

Further details, including a project design overview are available on the Linking Melbourne Authority website.

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