The Old Hume Highway
may be described as any part of an earlier route of the Hume Highway
, which traverses Victoria
and New South Wales
between the cities of Melbourne
. In some places, the highway has been deviated several times since the first rough track was made between Sydney and Melbourne in November 1842.
Since the time of the first track, the route of what is now the Hume Highway has been the main road
link between the two biggest cities in Australia — Sydney and Melbourne. Since February 1960 a freeway
standard of road has been developed along this route. Where the alignment of the original road is reasonably flat and straight it has been duplicated and retained for traffic in one direction. In some locations the original road has been replaced by a dual carriageway road beside the original road. In other locations the new road deviates from the original by many kilometres.
In Victoria, 100% of the Hume Highway has been upgraded to at least dual carriageway
standard and is called the Hume Freeway
. In New South Wales
, 97% of the highway has been upgraded to at least dual carriageway
standard by December 2009, with 283 km between Tarcutta and Berrima being dual carriageway, and 130 km between Berrima and Sydney being a freeway
The remaining single carriageway lengths are currently going under a dual carriageway... Read More