23 September 2009 - Melbourne’s EastLink project was declared the recipient of the coveted Victorian Engineering Excellence Award for Infrastructure Projects over $20 million at the Engineers Australia Victorian Excellence Awards.
The project team which included Aurecon, Thiess John Holland (TJH), Parsons Brinckerhoff (PB) and Hyder Consulting was recognised for the design of the project at the Engineers Australia Victorian Engineering Excellence Awards.
EastLink is a $2.5 billion project connecting Melbourne’s eastern and south-eastern suburbs between the existing Eastern, Monash and Peninsula Freeways. The toll road includes 39 kilometres of roadway, 88 bridges, two tunnels, bicycle and pedestrian paths, and extensive urban design and landscaping.
At the time of construction, it was Australia’s largest road infrastructure project, and was completed in June 2008 – five months ahead of schedule.
“The Aurecon design team worked closely with our partners on this project to develop various innovative solutions which ensured an excellent result and a project completed ahead of time,” said Aurecon Design Team Leader John de Araugo.
“One example is the pre-cast tunnel invert solution we developed with TJH which allowed rapid construction of tunnel secondary lining and ensured specified ground water ingress limits were met."
“This was just one of the many innovations we delivered on the project.”
Aurecon worked with PB-Hyder to design EastLink’s 88 bridges, forming the largest bridge construction program ever delivered in one contract within the State of Victoria.
The Award for Excellence for Infrastructure Projects over $20 million recognises an outstanding contribution to city or town planning and/or facilities or major infrastructure development.
EastLink required more than 7 million cubic metres of excavation and earthworks, 1.3 million tonnes of asphalt, 2 million square metres of pavement, 17 interchanges, as well as the upgrading of four local railway stations and the protection of the environmentally significant Mullum Mullum Valley. The twin 1.6 kilometre EastLink tunnels were designed to comply with World Road Association standards with world-class safety features.
Environmental features included the planting of 3.7 million indigenous plants, creation of 60 wetlands, realignment and improvement of existing creeks using soft engineering, best practice stormwater management, and 39 kilometres of shared-use trails and pedestrian overpasses. Consultation with the community resulted in design enhancement and relocation of noise walls to meet concerns regarding proximity and security. The project also boasts the largest public art program along a major road in Australia.