New truck-only CityLink on ramps to be built for East West Link

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The Age: New truck-only CityLink on ramps to be built for East West Link. October 12, 2014, Clay Lucas, City Editor, The Age

From left: Bill Kay, Cathy Drummond, Andrew Kelly, Keith Fitzgerald, Rosie Elliott, Brendan Lewis. Photo: James Boddington

Two new roads for trucks carrying dirt and rocks will be built on to CityLink as part of the first stages of the Napthine government’s East West Link project.

The new roads are designed to help keep trucks off local roads during the toll road’s five-year construction timeline.

And massive acoustic sheds will be built on what is now a sports oval and field in Parkville so that construction spoil can be stored under them before being trucked out.

For the first time since the contracts for the $6.8 billion toll road were signed, the government’s Linking Melbourne Authority has laid out some of the detail on how the huge project will be carried out.

One of the first major steps will be the construction of a “launch pit” in Royal Park, where a shallow trench will be dug and then covered with a roof – to minimise impacts and restore the surface quickly, so construction can continue below.

Under this “cut-and-cover” construction technique, which will begin near the Upfield train line, a tunnel-boring machine will later begin digging and move slowly from the park underground to the east.

It is expected the cut-and-cover works will see train services on the Upfield line stopped while the cutting is made and then bridged to enable tunnelling underneath.

The two dedicated haul routes will be built from there to allow trucks carrying dirt and rocks to travel to and from the tunnel.

“This will keep trucks off local roads – a key issue raised by residents and Melbourne City Council during consultation,” a Linking Melbourne Authority spokeswoman said.
The three large “acoustic sheds” that will be built will house dirt and rocks before they are carted away, general storage, and tunnel-boring machine equipment.

The sheds are designed to shield residents living nearby from noise, and protect the works from heavy rain.

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