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”.

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