The Victorian Government has shortlisted two major construction firms to deliver the first package of works on the North East Link.
The works package will start in 2020, 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 biggest road infrastructure project in Victoria’s history, the North East Link will include:
- A 6km 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.
The Victorian Government has not announced the names of the shortlisted contractors. However, it confirmed both builders have now received tenders, with their proposals for the work expected back by mid-2019.
The State Government will finalise which builders will get the chance to compete for the $7-9 billion primary package.
This includes detailed design and construction for Victoria’s longest twin road tunnels.
The global search continues and bidders will be shortlisted later in 2019.
Construction will start in 2020 and North East Link will open in 2027.