Soil Decontamination and Remediation

M80 Project


The Western Ringroad is one of the most important arterial roads in Greater Melbourne – carrying over 900,000 vehicles per week of which more than 150,000 are trucks. In its present form, the freeway exceeds its capacity particularly during peak periods along its entire length, which is attributed to the unprecedented expansion of Melbourne’s growth corridors over the past ten years and the emergence of new industrial and business precincts as well as the growth of transportation itself.

The ongoing works which have been undertaken to minimise disruption as much as possible, will see the emergence of a freeway system that is easier to use and capable of even greater traffic capacities as well as the latest innovations in traffic management. These will include more lanes, to make at least three in each direction and up to six lanes between some interchanges.

Major Australian contractor Thiess Services engaged Industrial Environmental Services to assist with the remedial works. The IES teams recently completed a section of the upgrading works just south of the Hume Highway unearthing the site of a former landfill site on the current freeway boundary. Sites like this are not uncommon – as the land was once part of the outskirts of Melbourne a few years ago.