Designs released for two massive freeway upgrades

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From north to east, work will begin in early 2024 to overhaul 2 of Melbourne’s busiest freeways.

Designs have been released for the first stage of the Eastern Freeway Upgrades from Burke to Tram roads and to complete the M80 Ring Road in Greensborough.

These 2 massive projects will connect with the North East Link tunnels – slashing travel times by 35 minutes and taking 15,000 trucks off local roads a day.

The 2 new Urban Design and Landscape Plans (UDLPs) include detailed maps and drawings for the Ring Road Completion and the first stage of the Eastern Freeway Upgrades.

People can make a submission this October on the plans and help shape local design elements in their area by telling us what they think of the look and feel of what’s planned.

We’ll be linking the M80 Ring Road to the North East Link tunnels with new express lanes to take 19,000 cars and trucks off Greensborough Road a day. We’ll also build new walking and cycling paths, create new wetlands, make improvements to local reserves and build new landscaped bridges for better local trips to Watsonia Station and shops.

The Eastern Freeway will get a massive overhaul with new express lanes and Melbourne’s first dedicated busway – slashing travel times and improving public transport. We’ll also build new and upgraded noise walls to meet a better noise standard, improve walking and cycling connections and plant more than 1.8 million new plants including 10,000 trees to return improved open spaces after construction.

The plans show how these 2 massive projects will meet the strict requirements in place for North East Link project design developed in consultation with the community through the Environment Effects Statement process.

We'll be using what we hear in submissions to the Ring Road Completion and Eastern Freeway Upgrades UDLPs to finalise the plans before submitting them to the Minister for Planning for approval. Major construction on the 2 freeways will start from 2024 as we work to connect them to the North East Link tunnels in Watsonia and at Bulleen.

Have your say

People can share their feedback on the look and feel of what’s planned for their area as part of the Ring Road Completion and the first stage of the Eastern Freeway Upgrades now.

You can see the 2 UDLPs online and make a submission on Engage Victoria from Monday 9 October to 5pm, Sunday 29 October 2023.

Have your say

Information events and displays

You can visit an information display and talk with our team or see the UDLP at local libraries throughout the exhibition period.

For more information, including display locations, dates and times visit Engage Victoria.

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