Frankston Freeway

Frankston Freeway

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Frankston Freeway

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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 is commonly congested in holiday months due to the omission of the Frankston Bypass, but that bypass is now being built as part of the Peninsula Link project to be completed in 2013.

History

In the early 1960s the Frankston Freeway was known as the Wells Road Bypass, an undivided highway between Frankston-Cranbourne Road and Seaford Road. It then continued on to Mordialloc as Wells Road. The Wells Road Bypass was upgraded to freeway standard in the early 1970s and by around 1980 the rest of the freeway was constructed to Springvale Road alongside the existing Wells Road.

With the route numbering conversion of the freeway, it was initially going to be changed to after the completion of EastLink in 2008, although plans fell through and the route was retained as ). However with the construction and completion of the Peninsula Link in the coming years, it will be replaced with , with the Peninsula Link and Mornington Peninsula Freeway signed as .

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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...
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