If you consider peak-hour traffic on Hoddle Street the seventh circle of hell, relief could be on the way

The Andrews government has announced the first round of funding for the North East Link, which is slated to cost between $5 billion and $10 billion. It’s also expected to create 5000 new jobs, while easing congestion in Melbourne’s north, north-east and south-east.

“When we complete the ring road, you’ll be able to drive from Ringwood to Tullamarine without stopping at a single traffic light,” said Minister for Roads Luke Donnellan in a statement.

He also told the Age that for "roads like Hoddle Street, Fitzsimons Lane, Rosanna Road, it will substantially reduce the congestion."

The project’s first $100 million, announced in the 2017/18 Victorian budget, will be used to carry out geotechnical investigations, planning, pre-construction and design, before contracts are signed in 2019.

The road will begin at Greensborough, connecting the M80 with either the Eastlink or Eastern Freeway.

Tunnelling beneath Donvale is likely if the EastLink option is taken, while a connection to the Eastern Freeway would likely include a tunnel through Banyule Flats in Heidelberg.

The work will be overseen by the North East Link Authority, which will provide consultation for both residents and industry from mid-year.