Frankston Freeway

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Frankston Freeway
Victoria
General information
Type Freeway
Length 7 km (4 mi)
Route number(s)
  • (2013-present)
  • Entire Route
Former
route number
  • State Route 11 (1960s-2013)
  • Entire Route[1]
Major junctions
North end
  for full list see exits and interchanges
South end
Location(s)
Major suburbs / towns Seaford
Highway system
Highways in Australia
National HighwayFreeways in Australia
Highways in Victoria

Frankston Freeway is a very short stretch of Melbourne freeway that was designed to upgrade Wells Road to freeway standard in the 1970s and provides a link from suburban Melbourne to Frankston. The freeway has previously been congested in holiday months due to missing section of the Mornington Peninsula Freeway (now known as Peninsula Link), which since the opening of Peninsula Link through traffic has reduced immensely on the Frankston Freeway.

The Frankston Freeway is now mostly used by local traffic (as through traffic now exit EastLink onto Peninsula Link and vice-versa). The freeway is a major express link - in and out of the largest city to the south of Melbourne or near the Mornington Peninsula, which is Frankston. It saves bumper-to-bumper congestion (seeing as traffic would have to come from alternate major highways with numerous traffic lights / intersections / roundabouts), with traffic coming from Melbourne wanting to enter Frankston and its surroundings. The freeway connects with three other urban freeways: EastLink (Tollway), Mornington Peninsula Freeway (northern section) and Peninsula Link.

History[edit]

In the early 1960s the Frankston Freeway was known as the ‘Frankston By-pass Road’,[2] an undivided highway between Frankston-Cranbourne Road and Seaford Road. It then continued on to Mordialloc as Wells Road. The Frankston By-pass Road was upgraded to freeway standard in the early 1970s.

Upgraded section of Freeway near EastLink

Timeline of construction[edit]

  • 1962/63 - Frankston Dandenong Road to Beach Street opened. A single carriageway at this stage and still referred to as the ‘Frankston By-pass Road’.[2]
  • 1970 - Second carriageway opened December 1970.[3]
  • 1971/72 - Section south of Klauer Street, Frankston North completed during 1971/72[4]
  • 1973 - Dual carriageways north of Klauer Street to Armstrongs Road completed early 1973. Grade separations at Klauer Street, Seaford Road and Austin Street ‘to be completed’ 1973//74.[5]

With the route numbering conversion of the freeway, it was initially going to be changed to M11 after the completion of EastLink in 2008, although plans fell through and the route was retained as State Route 11). However with the completion of the Peninsula Link in early 2013, it was replaced with M3, with the Peninsula Link and Mornington Peninsula Freeway signed as M11.

Route[edit]

The Frankston Freeway was designed to accommodate Mornington Peninsula Freeway from the northern section, and it has had a missing Frankston Bypass for decades (Vicroads having decided that traffic on the route was not heavy enough to merit a Frankston Bypass, the middle section of the freeway), and at this stage the Frankston Freeway serves as the missing link between the two Mornington Peninsula Freeways.

The Frankston Freeway begins in Carrum Downs south until Cranbourne-Frankston Road, as the incomplete section of the actual Mornington Peninsula Freeway, which bypasses Frankston, swings off to the south east. The newly completed Eastlink toll road is continuous with the Carrum Downs end of the Frankston Freeway, providing a freeway standard road north through the Eastern suburbs of Melbourne to the Eastern end of the Eastern Freeway, and beyond.

The freeway is generally parallel to Nepean Highway along the route including the Mornington Peninsula Freeway and Moorooduc Highway.

Exits and Interchanges[edit]

Frankston Freeway
Northbound exits Distance to
Melbourne
(km)
Distance to
Frankston
(km)
Southbound exits
End Frankston Freeway
continues as EastLink
to Melbourne
Melbourne / Avalon Airport
47 5 Start Frankston Freeway
from EastLink
Springvale, Mordialloc
Mornington Peninsula Freeway
Seaford, Skye
Seaford Road
49 3 Skye, Seaford
Seaford Road
Frankston, Dandenong
Dandenong Valley Highway
51 1 Dandenong, Frankston
Dandenong Valley Highway
Beach Street 54 -- no exit
Start Frankston Freeway End Frankston Freeway
Australian traffic lights ahead sign.png Traffic Lights (clockwise from freeway)
Cranbourne-Frankston Road to Cranbourne
McMahons Road to Hastings and Portsea
Cranbourne-Frankston Road to Frankston City Centre

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Metropolitan Route Overview, Main Roads Victoria. Retrieved on 4 September 2013.[self-published source]
  2. ^ a b Country Roads Board Victoria. Fiftieth Annual Report: for the year ended 30th June, 1963. Melbourne, Victoria: Government Printer, 1964. p. 10
  3. ^ Country Roads Board Victoria. Fifty-eighth Annual Report: for the year ended 30th June, 1971. Burwood, Victoria: Brown, Prior, Anderson, 1971. p. 3
  4. ^ Country Roads Board Victoria. Sixtieth Annual Report: for the year ended 30th June, 1973. Burwood, Victoria: Brown, Prior, Anderson, 1973. p. 6.
  5. ^ Country Roads Board Victoria. Sixtieth Annual Report: for the year ended 30th June, 1973. Burwood, Victoria: Brown, Prior, Anderson, 1973. p. 6