Linking Melbourne Authority carried out geotechnical drilling throughout January and February 2014 as part of planning investigations for East West Link Stage One.
You may have read the Herald Sun article this morning with regards to relocating people during construction for the East West Link.
Over 30 independent experts have reviewed community submissions and plans for the East West Link project, with detailed reports published today to assist the project’s Assessment Committee ahead of the March public hearing.
The assessment process for the East West Link project is progressing towards the public hearing in March, with Linking Melbourne Authority yesterday providing a detailed report to the East West Link Assessment Committee.
Geotechnical drilling for the East West Link project is almost complete, however it will be suspended for the next few days due to the need for police presence at fires across Victoria. Unfortunately police presence at the drilling sites has been necessary to protect the safety of workers carrying out these investigations on our behalf.
On February 9, 2014 the Victorian Government announced plans for a significant package of public transport works as part of the East West Link project.
In the next few days, we will be carrying out further geotechnical drilling on the Alexandra Parade median, near Smith Street - opposite the former Fitzroy gasworks site. As detailed in the CIS, there is potential to encounter contaminated materials underground due to the historical nature of the gasworks site. While we do not expect any risks to health or safety during these works, staff on site will be taking extra precautions.
Traffic volumes collected on Peninsula Link during its first 12 months in operation show approximately 20 million vehicle trips have been made on the freeway.
We are carrying out further geotechnical testing this week to gain more information about the complex nature of the geological conditions and groundwater in the East West Link project area. Detailed information on groundwater and underground rock formations are vital to the construction of tunnels in Melbourne.
As we come to the end of a very busy year at Linking Melbourne Authority we want to take this opportunity to wish you a Merry Christmas and a safe and happy new year.
We look forward to bringing you more exciting developments on the East West Link project in 2014.