Mornington Peninsula Freeway
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|Mornington Peninsula Freeway
|Length||27 km (17 mi)|
|Major suburbs / towns||Patterson Lakes, Seaford, Frankston, Moorooduc, Tuerong, Dromana, McCrae|
The Mornington Peninsula Freeway exists in two halves, connected by the Peninsula Link.
The Peninsula Link runs for 25 kilometres until it meets Moorooduc Highway, at which points it links to the southern section of the Mornington Peninsula Freeway. The freeway then continues south until Boneo Road, in Rosebud. This section of the freeway passes through vineyards, stud farms and gardens along the Mornington Peninsula.
At the northern end of the northern section, Melbourne-bound traffic may turn right onto Springvale Road to access Monash Freeway or Princes Highway. Turning left offers an alternative way to the city via Nepean Highway, which in many cases is faster, due to the common traffic congestion on the Monash Freeway.
The freeway was originally designated in the 1969 Melbourne Transportation Plan as the F6 Freeway corridor.
On 18 March 1980 the section of freeway from Springvale Road Keysborough to Seaford opened alongside the existing Wells Road. At the time it was planned that the rest of the freeway be completed from Springvale Road onwards but a change of Government in 1982 saw a change in policy. The new policy was to duplicate Wells Rd through Aspendale Gardens and Boundary Rd through Braeside. The Southern section of the Mornington Peninsula Freeway, known as the F87 between Nepean Highway at Dromana and Jetty Road at Rosebud South was completed in 1975. The freeway between Dromana and Moorooduc South linking to Moorooduc Highway was completed in 1994.
Timeline of development
||This section is in a list format that may be better presented using prose. (February 2015)|
- 1971 - 1.5 miles opened December 1971 from Nepean Highway to McCulloch Street.
- 1972 - One mile opened December 1972 of 2.5 miles south-west from the Nepean Highway at Dromana.
- 1973 – 4 km opened north-east from Jetty Road, Rosebud, in December 1973.
- 1975 - Completed between Nepean Hwy, Dromana and Jetty Road, Rosebud, with the opening of the A$7m Kangerong Avenue overpass, Dromana in July 1975.
- 1977 – 2 km section from Eel Race Drain to the Frankston Freeway opened November 1976.
- 1980 - 6.7 km opened from Springvale Road to Frankston Freeway, 18 March 1980, by Minister for Transport, the Hon Robert Maclellan MLA, at a cost of A$14m.
- 1984 – An initial 5 km single two-lane carriageway between Dromana and the Nepean Highway at Mount Martha is opened by the Federal Minister for Transport, the Hon. Peter Morris MHR on 8 June 1984. The project included dual carriageways over the Nepean Highway interchange and at the approaches to Dromana.
- 1989 – Dromana to Mount Martha duplicate carriageway completed on 16 May 1989 at a cost of A$5m.
- 1994 - Mooorooduc Road to Nepean Highway, Mount Martha. The 6 km second carriageway was completed in May 1994, at a cost of A$2.5m. The initial carriageway was completed and opened to traffic in June 1993.
Peninsula Link (Frankston Bypass)
The construction of the Eastlink freeway and its interchange with the northern section has led to speculation of possible congestion on the Frankston Freeway, especially at the southern terminus at McMahons Road. This possible congestion would be alleviated by the construction of a missing section of the Mornington Peninsula freeway, a Frankston Bypass. Vicroads however does not anticipate such congestion on the Frankston Freeway will actually occur. Federal MP Bruce Billson however, believed otherwise, and raising this issue in the local press as these roads are strictly a state responsibility.
The Victorian minister for Transport, Peter Batchelor, stated that simply because the freeway's projected path appears on a map (referring to the route shown in the Melway), that this does not mean that the road is intended to, or will ever actually be built. City of Frankston councillors however, along with Mr. Billson, pushed for the bypass to be built in any case.
Since that time, and the recent State Election, Peninsula Link (Frankston Bypass) was given approval, has now been completed and was opened on 18 January 2013.
When the Peninsula Link was opened in January 2013, the route numbers were slightly altered. The Frankston Freeway carries the M3 route from the EastLink interchange, while the whole of Mornington Peninsula Freeway, including the Peninsula Link, is designated M11. The freeway, along with the Moorooduc Highway, was previously signed with a State Route 11 shield.
Northern extension (Mordialloc Bypass)
A reservation for a northern extension of the Mornington Peninsula Freeway between Springvale Road, Aspendale Gardens and the, now completed, Dingley Bypass, Dingley Village has been in place for many years. The reservation is bordered by residential housing, industrial estates and Braeside Park.
In October 2014 a feasibility study has found a freeway was not required. However, an arterial road, now known as the Mordialloc Bypass, in the freeway reservation was considered to be the optimal solution. If in the future any freeway is considered it will be most likely that the Dingley Arterial would be upgraded to freeway standard. The 2014 State Budget included $10.6 million over 4 years to undertake detailed planning and project development. An arterial road would probably consist of a divided road, at grade traffic light controlled intersections, a speed limit of 80 km/h and bike/pedestrian paths.
On 2 May 2017 the Victorian Government announced that it had allocated $300 million in the State budget to completing the Mordialloc Bypass. It will be completed as an Arterial road however an overpass is to be constucted at the Springvale Road intersection. Construction is planned to commence in 2019 and be completed by 2022.
Where the current southern section reaches Jetty Road in Rosebud, freeway conditions end, with a two-lane, single carriageway link from Jetty Road to Boneo Road. From Jetty Road the freeway was meant to adopt full freeway standards with overpasses over Jetty Road and Boneo Road, but this section has remained incomplete for over a decade (at this stage there appears to be no plans to complete the second carriageway or interchange crossing for Jetty Road). The freeway would then dissect the Tootgarook swamp, the most biodiverse part of the Nepean Peninsula and largest remaining swamp in the Port Philip Catchment Management Authority's region. Then move on to cut through the largest last remaining section of Moonah Woodland on the planet, and then bypass Rye before terminating at Melbourne Road at the intersection of Canterbury Jetty Road in Blairgowrie.
Exits and intersections
|Kingston–Greater Dandenong boundary||Aspendale Gardens–Chelsea Heights–Bangholme tripoint||0||0.0||Springvale Road (State Route 40) – Edithvale, Mordialloc, Springvale||Northern freeway terminus at traffic lights|
|Chelsea Heights–Bangholme boundary||2.6||1.6||Thames Promenade – Chelsea, Bangholme||Northbound exit and southbound entrance only|
|Kingston||Patterson Lakes||4.9||3.0||Thompson Road (State Route 6) – Carrum, Cranbourne|
|Frankston||Carrum Downs–Seaford boundary||6.9||4.3||Frankston Freeway (M3) – Frankston||Southbound exit and northbound entrance only|
|Carrum Downs||7.8||4.8||Peninsula Link (M11) – Portsea||Southern terminus of northern section: continues as Peninsula Link|
|Gap in route|
|Mornington Peninsula||Moorooduc–Mount Martha–Tuerong tripoint||32.3||20.1||Peninsula Link (M11) east / Moorooduc Highway (C784) north – Frankston, Mornington, Balnarring||Northern terminus of southern section: continues as Peninsula Link|
|Mount Martha–Tuerong boundary||37.1||23.1||Nepean Highway (B110 north / C787 south) – Mornington, Red Hill|
|Safety Beach–Dromana boundary||42.2||26.2||Nepean Highway (B110 west / C788 east) – Safety Beach, Red Hill|
|Dromana||45.1||28.0||McCulloch Street (C789) north / Arthurs Seat Road (C789) west / Caldwell Road south / Boundary Road east||No southbound entrance|
|46.0||28.6||Arthurs Seat Road (C789) – no exit||Southbound entrance only|
|McCrae||48.0||29.8||Lonsdale Street / Bayview Road||Southbound exit and northbound entrance|
|Rosebud||50.7||31.5||Jetty Road – Rosebud, Main Ridge||Roundabout; Mornington Peninsula Freeway continues south as a single carriageway|
|Rosebud–Rosebud West boundary||52.5||32.6||Boneo Road (C777) – Flinders, Rosebud, Portsea||Southern freeway terminus at roundabout|
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