The future freeway link will feature underground interchanges, “green bridges” and a new busway.

A route was selected in November last year, which will see the Eastern Freeway connect with the M80 Ring Road, via a new six-lane tunnel at Bulleen and another underneath the Yarra River.

The latest designs show interchanges connecting with local roads at Grimshaw Street, Lower Plenty Road and Manningham Road.

New pedestrian and cycling paths are included, in conjunction with green bridges that allow nature to extend over the freeway.

Vehicles will be able to avoid 18 sets of lights if travelling between the Eastern Freeway and the M80. Trips between Melbourne’s north and south will be up to 30 minutes faster, including trips between the airport and Melbourne’s eastern suburbs.

The North East Link Authority will continue to develop designs and plans based on further technical  and planning studies, feedback from communities and stakeholders and the procurement process.

To view the designs, visit the North East Link website.