Two major construction firms have been shortlisted to deliver the first package of works on the North East Link as the biggest road infrastructure project in Victoria’s history moves another step closer to construction.

The works package will start next year, once planning approvals are in place and deliver a range of power, water and other utility works to pave the way for major construction on the $15.8 billion project.

The North East Link will include:

  • a six-kilometre tunnel under Banyule Flats and the Yarra River
  • an upgrade to the Eastern Freeway to streamline traffic flow and reduce congestion
  • a busway down the middle of the Eastern Freeway.

The North East Link will create the missing link between the Eastern Freeway and the M80 Ring Road, slash travel times, take more than 15,000 trucks a day off local streets and create 10,300 jobs.

Construction will start in 2020 and North East Link will open in 2027.

For more information, visit North East Link.