Client: Victorian Department of Transport
Parsons Brinckerhoff Role: Design
EastLink is a tolled road that connects Melbourne’s eastern and southern suburbs, starting at the end of the Eastern Freeway at Mitcham, and connecting to the Frankston Freeway on the Mornington Peninsula. The Mitcham–Frankston corridor is home to over a million people and to more than 40 percent of Melbourne’s manufacturing and production activity.
In order to increase accessibility and keep traffic and the economy moving in Melbourne, EastLink required a $3.8 billion bridge construction program which included design and construction of 88 bridges. The project also involved 21.5 million square feet (2 million square meters) of paved road, 17 interchanges and three-lane twin tunnels.
Parsons Brinckerhoff, in joint venture, carried out detailed design of 21 miles (34 kilometers) of the project for EastLink joint venture contractor, Thiess John Holland. The project team also designed more than 60 wetlands and water quality treatment systems along EastLink to catch and filter pollution such as rubbish, chemicals and sediment before it enters a waterway.
With construction crews working around-the-clock beginning in March 2005, EastLink opened to the public in June 2008 – five months ahead of schedule. It has since cut driving time from Mitcham to Frankston in half, bypassing at least 50 traffic lights. In May 2009 EastLink won the Australian Construction Achievement Award. The project was commended for its outstanding construction achievement.