North East Link

Thousands of construction workers in Victoria are being sought for work on a huge road project which will close a critical missing link in Melbourne’s Freeway network.

Victorian Premier Dan Andrews and Minister for Transport Jacinta Allan last week launched a major recruitment drive for the $15.8 billion North-East Link project.

Set to take 15,000 trucks off local roads each day and slash travel times by up to 35 minutes, the road will link the Metropolitan Ring Road in Greensborough with the Eastern Freeway in Bulleen.

This will complete a missing link in Melbourne’s freeway network and enable motorists to travel between Melbourne’s eastern, northern and western suburbs without needing to leave the freeway.

Features of the project include:

* Linking of the M80 Ring Road with the Eastern Freeway via two 6.5-kilometre road tunnels
* An upgrade to the M80 Ring Road including new lands and up-to-date technology and two new green bridges
* An overhaul of the Eastern Freeway including express lanes and a new green bridge
* Melbourne’s first dedicated busway
* 34km of new and upgraded walking and cycling paths.

All up, more than 10,000 workers are expected to be needed on the project.

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