Melbourne’s monster freeway
CAN you imagine driving on a freeway that’s made up of 20 lanes of traffic? Yeah, you read that right. Twenty. Two. Zero. Images of Melbourne’s mega highway, dubbed the “freeway of the future” and “the missing road link” by the Victorian Government, were revealed recently.
The Daniel Andrews-led government’s proposed North East Link would connect Melbourne’s freeway network and include a major upgrade to the Eastern Freeway, one which would see the road swell to 20 lanes.
Truckies were happy the road was being looked at, but weren’t so sure the upgrade would ever come to fruition.
William Murfin said the entire nation’s road system needed to be looked at as “most of our lanes around the country have four to six lanes but all just finish at an intersection, and that’s a problem”.
Craig Shuttleworth suggested building a multi-lane road right around the current suburban edge from Geelong to Frankston.
“Doing the land acquisition now before houses are built and have offshoots to the major highways will reduce money spent on home acquisition and upsetting people,” he said.
“Yes, there should be a connection from Western Ring Road to the Eastern but a tunnel all the way. I travel this area nearly every day in a semi and it is horrible. Cars having no respect for size or stopping space.”
As for the size of the highway, Wes Hines wasn’t phased.
“Most people don’t realise that the Westgate Freeway is 18 lanes across at its widest point now.”
But for Jim Bob, it wouldn’t matter how many lanes, it’ll still be stuffed because “people can’t merge” or “drive at a constant speed”.