How high is the Hoddle Street flyover

Some of the worst impacts from the Eastern Portal of the proposed East West Link will be from the flyover from Hoddle St to the Eastern Freeway (shown in blue below).

Portal Diagram


The ‘Sound Wave’ is not a reference to Utopia but an lame attempt to make a but ugly overpass look modern, with undocumented sound attenuation properties.

Sound Wave Perspective


One way to get an impression of just how high this enormous flyover will be is to look at the Artists impression of the portal taken from the roof of the ‘Sound Wave’. Its a long way down.

Height of the Sound Wave Flyover Continue Reading…

Cycle Spiral is total spin

Cycle Spiral is total spin By Andrew Herington

The Linking Melbourne Authority has been working overtime with its latest round of promotion for the East West Link to emphasise it as somehow “environmentally friendly”. Aware of how disastrously unpopular the East West Link has become, the LMA is belatedly trying to change the image of the project.

The massive 20 metre high Hoddle St flyover is rebadged as “The Soundwave”. The 30 metre smokestacks are now been given “living green walls”, as if this reduces the toxicity of the emissions from them.

The Premier even donned a bike helmet and rode shakily for 100 metres to promote a $70 million package of bike paths that so people can ride “from the inner city all the way to Mornington”. (Why Mornington? Surely if you wanted to ride there you would head south and go along the Bayside trail?, And it’s not even a marginal seat – perhaps he meant to say Frankston.)

Although the LMA had specifically rejected the North East Bike Link proposal at the Assessment Committee hearings they were now not only embracing it as their own, but claiming the funding “had always been part of the project budget”.

The second iconic bike measure was the “Cycle Spiral” – a name that could only have been made up by Rhonda at the Nation Building Authority in the ABC satire Utopia. It got wide coverage in the media courtesy of this fetching illustration of what it would allegedly look like. Continue Reading…

More land taken for East West Link

The Age: More land taken for East West Link. October 5, 2014. Clay Lucas City Editor, The Age

Planning Minister Matthew Guy has quietly annexed an extra 10.5 hectares of parks and land – the equivalent of five MCG playing fields – to make way for the East West Link.

The extra land to build the road includes seven hectares of Royal Park.

And last week he also deleted a requirement that there be “no net loss of public open space” as part of the project.

Mr Guy gave permission for the land to be taken for the road on the same day the government signed a deal with the private sector to build the road, at a cost of $6.8 billion. Continue Reading…

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