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CASE STUDY EASTLINK The coping strategy


Melbourne’s population is forecast to reach 5 million by 2020, a 30 per cent increase in just 15 years, so it’s imperative that the road and transport infrastructure can cope, as Doug Spencer-Roy explains


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he AU$2.8 billion EastLink tollway is privately owned and operated. Completed in 2008, EastLink represents one of Melbourne’s single largest investments in new trans-


port infrastructure to help support the city’s rapid population growth. The 39km freeway, featuring 17 interchanges, opened up a fast road transport corridor through the city’s southeast, bypassing up to 45 sets of traffic lights on alternative routes. Design and construction challenges included twin 1.6 kilo- metre tunnels under the environmentally sensitive Mullum


CONNECTED AUSTRALIA SUPPLEMENT


Mullum valley, 88 bridges, two untolled bypasses, the creation of 60 wetlands and a 35 kilometre bicycle trail. The completion of EastLink has helped enable economic


development, including the AU$665 million expansion of the nearby Eastland shopping centre, the AU$481million, 154 hec- tare Dandenong LOGIS eco-industrial business park, and the 41 hectare The Keys industrial park. Average daily traffic on EastLink now exceeds 240,000 vehi- cles, amounting to 86 million trips a year. That’s a 77 per cent


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