We're moving a vital piece of Melbourne’s sewer network, the Yarra East Main Sewer (YEMS) to prepare for major construction of North East Link later this year.
CPB Contractors are leading these works and we’re speaking to residents about how the relocation of the YEMS will affect them.
The YEMS, originally built in the 1960s, runs below Bulleen Road and is a major sewer that services thousands of homes and businesses across Melbourne’s North East.
We know that no matter the final design of the North East Link, the sewer will need to be moved out of the way, before main works can begin.
The new section of the YEMS will be moved east of Bulleen Road and connect back to the existing YEMS at the Eastern Freeway.
For the latest information, read the Bulleen Road works update (PDF, 1.5 MB).
What to expect during construction
During construction, residents and businesses may notice increased construction activity along Bulleen Road near the works sites.
A site compound is set up at the old drive-in site at Greenaway Street, Bulleen to securely store construction equipment and provide work crews safe access to the site. An offset car park has been constructed within the old drive-in site for business and community use.
Construction sites have also been set up at Trinity Grammar School’s Marles Playing Fields, the Boroondara Tennis Centre, the Freeway Golf Course, the Manningham Club & Hotel, Greenaway Street and at Avon Street to launch and retrieve mini Tunnel Boring Machines (TBMs). Tunnelling the sewer below ground will reduce impacts and disruptions to the community at the surface.
Maintenance hole works for the ongoing maintenance and inspection of the new sewer lines, have started along the footpath of Bulleen Road between Ilma Court and Trinity Grammar School, as well as at the Veneto Club, Bulleen Park and Carey Grammar.
Changes to local roads
Some local roads will be impacted for the duration of the works. Avon Street will be closed at Bulleen Road from mid-February 2021 while the works are completed. Access to Avon Street will be via Austin Street. Traffic management and detours will be in place to direct road users and pedestrians around the area.
To keep traffic moving during construction some changes to Bullen Road are also required, including removal of median strips and line marking works. Two lanes of traffic are maintained each way along Bulleen Road.
Residents and community are notified of planned traffic management before construction starts.
Managing construction impacts
As with all construction projects, there are some impacts to the community. These may include increased noise, dust or vibration near works areas.
These impacts may be caused by use of heavy machinery, ongoing site activities or the removal and transport of excavated materials.
Some tree removal around the works areas may also be required.
Construction impacts are managed by the projects strict Environmental Performance Requirements (EPRs). EPRs are just one way we can manage these impacts, and through careful planning and consultation with the local community we can manage these impacts well.
Read how our contractors manage construction impacts (PDF, 66.1 KB)
As part of the sewer works, we’re constructing a work site on the existing first hole of the Freeway Golf Course, Bulleen. A Tunnel Boring Machine retrieval site has been constructed on the fairway of the existing first hole. Construction vehicles access the course from Bulleen Road near the green of the existing first hole, to reduce traffic impacts to course users.
The golf course remains open as an 18 hole course with some interim changes to the layout.
Please visit the Pro Shop for more information on the temporary course layout or read about upcoming works at Freeway Golf Course (PDF, 2.1 MB)
To build the new Yarra East Main Sewer (YEMS), we're working in Bulleen Park to build a temporary work site. Works involve building three maintenance holes and a reticulation sewer to connect to the relocated YEMS. Sporting facilities remain open with some temporary changes to traffic and car parking.
Access to the sports complex is maintained during these works, with all matches, events and training to continue. Works are due to finish in late 2021.
Read the Bulleen Park fact sheet (PDF, 748.1 KB) to find out more.