If Victoria does not build an East West Link-style road within the next five years, the cost of congestion delay between east and west Melbourne will blow out to more than $100 million.

The Australian Infrastructure Plan report identified the east west corridor to the north of Melbourne CBD as one of Melbourne’s major congestion challenges, dubbing its construction a “high priority initiative”. It says vehicles travelling between the Eastern Freeway and City Link are “forced to navigate the congested inner city road…