EastLink Motorway VIC

role Design Advisory (Independent Director) value $2.5 billion completion date June 2008 client ConnectEast

Eastlink is a 39 kilometre tolled freeway connecting the southern end of the Eastern Freeway at Mitcham with Ringwood, Dandenong and Frankston. It is an AUD $2.5billion Public Private Partnership with Connect East as concessionaire.

The key benefits of the development include reduced traffic congestion on the existing road network, fuel savings and reduced vehicle pollution, the creation of 60 wetlands to treat road rainwater run off, the reinvigoration of several local creeks and waterways, around 3.6million new plants, shrubs and trees and the 35 kilometre Eastlink trail.

Yvonne von Hartel is an Independent Director of ConnectEast, the single-purpose entity established to deliver the EastLink tollway. Yvonne was involved in the urban design of the tollway and chaired the Art Committee which selected and commissioned $4.5 million worth of public art on the road and on the shared use pathway.

EastLink makes a substantial contribution to urban design and the cultural life of the local community. The design incorporates noise walls, public art and landscape works including the construction of wetlands, installation of a shared use path and revegetation of open space areas and parkland.

EastLink is Australia’s largest road development to date. The project was delivered by the private sector under the Victorian Government’s Partnerships Victoria framework.

The ConnectEast public art collection sets a new standard for artistic achievement on roadways in Australia and has been acknowledged in the many urban design awards the Eastlink Freeway has received.  The design of