Early works on the $15.8 billion North East Link in Victoria are set to begin, with the State Government opening calls for applications from sole traders and small and medium businesses for contract opportunities.
The initial works will pave the way for major construction activity in 2021, which will connect the Eastern Freeway to the M80 Ring Road and deliver a key link in Melbourne’s freeway network.
The eight-year build – one of the state’s biggest-ever infrastructure initiatives – is predicted to create 10,000 jobs and millions of dollars in contracts throughout construction.
The Government said it was committed to engaging local small and medium businesses to be part of the construction.
Producers of cement, ready mixed concrete, asphalt, electric cables and switches, and manufacturing industries are being called on as well as businesses who hire out construction-related machinery and equipment.
Registrations of interest are open from the 20th of January for sole traders, small and medium businesses seeking contract opportunities.
Once completed, the Government anticipates North East Link will carry up to 135,000 vehicles daily and minimise travel times by up to 35 minutes.