Freeways in Australia

This is a list of freeways (or motorways/expressways) in Australia, sorted by states and territories and their corresponding routes. This list includes tollways / toll roads such as the CityLink freeway system in Melbourne. This list has over 70 entries. The jurisdiction in Australia without freeways is the Northern Territory and Jervis Bay Territory. New South Wales has the largest and densest freeway network in Australia followed by Victoria

Australian Capital TerritoryEdit

 
Tuggeranong Parkway

Canberra regionEdit

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- Commonwealth Ave

Other Freeways (No Route Number)

New South WalesEdit

New South Wales has the largest number and highest density of motorways in Australia, with the majority being located in Sydney City or the metropolitan areas.

Sydney region (Urban Motorways)Edit

  • Speed limit varies between 60 km/h and 110 km/h.
 
M4 Motorway near Olympic Park
 
Sydney Harbour Tunnel

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  • Mona Vale Rd (St Ives to Belrose, freeways grade road)
  • Homebush Bay Drive (Freeway grade for southbound only)

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  (Formerly  ) (  - Once fully upgraded)

  • The Northern Road

(Oran Park to Bringelly, freeway grade road as part of the Northern Road Upgrades)


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  • James Ruse Drive (North of Hassall Street)
  • Gladesville Bridge, Hunters Hill - This route was built as part of the F3 but cancelled.

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No route number

Hunter and Central Coast region (Rural and Urban)Edit

  • Speed limit varies between 60 km/h and 110 km/h.

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  (Formerly   ) Teal Street and Stockton Bridge (Freeway Grade Road)

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M31 Hume Highway near Gundagai
 
M1 Pacific Motorway north of the Hawkesbury River

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New England Highway (BeresfieldHexham)

Motorway Link road (A43 only)

South Coast region (Rural and Urban)Edit

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(Formerly  ) Memorial Drive (Wollongong) - Most of this road is freeway grade[4] - (The south 4km of the road and the north 3km of the road are, the central bit isn't though)

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Princes Highway, 16% of which is of motorway or dual carriageway standard.

Mid North Coast RegionEdit

  

  • Pacific Highway, 82% of which is of motorway or dual carriageway standard, with the remainder under construction and proposed for completion by 2020.
  • Pacific Motorway, Newly opened in 2018 (Port Macquarie to Raleigh)

Rural region (Rural Motorways)Edit

  • Speed limit varies between 60 km/h and 110 km/h.

  

 

  (  - from 2023)

  • Barton Highway - 20% of which is of motorway or dual carriageway standard, with the remainder under construction and proposed for completion by the end of 2023.

 


 
M1 Pacific Motorway north of the Hawkesbury River

Under constructionEdit

  • NorthConnex (Major multibillion-dollar tollway/tunnel, connecting the M1 Pacific Motorway to M2 Hills Motorway) - To be completed by October 2020

   

  • WestConnex (Major multibillion-dollar tollway/tunnels, connecting the M4 Western Motorway to A4 Western Distributor and M5 East) - To be completed by 2023.
  • Sydney Gateway (Connecting Sydney Airport to the St Peters Interchange and WestConnex) [1]


 

  • Barton Highway (To be Completed by 2023)

In planningEdit

 

       

- Rozelle Interchange

 

 

 

 

QueenslandEdit

Brisbane regionEdit

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Gold Coast regionEdit

 

 

Sunshine Coast regionEdit

 

 

Regional QueenslandEdit

  

  

South AustraliaEdit

In South Australia, expressway may refer to a controlled access highway with no at-grade intersections or a limited access road of slightly lower standard with at-grade intersections at some locations.

Unlike some other states, South Australia only uses the 'M' designation on grade separated freeways

  

 

 

  

  

Under constructionEdit

 

Planned/ProposedEdit

 

TasmaniaEdit

While the overall quality of Tasmania's highway network has been constructed to a high standard, its grade separated freeway network is limited. In the past, Hobart and Launceston have each had comprehensive transport studies conducted, proposing grade separated freeways running through and around them. While some of these roads have been constructed, the majority are limited access featuring at-grade intersections. Devonport and Burnie are the only major population centres with freeway standard roads linking each other. There has been repeated proposals in recent years to fully upgrade the Midland Highway to grade separated freeway standards.[5][6]
This List is limited to Tasmania's freeway-standard roads.

Hobart regionEdit

 

 

 

 

Rural regionEdit

 

VictoriaEdit

Victoria has the second largest number and second highest density of motorways in Australia (behind New South Wales), with the majority being located in Melbourne City or the metropolitan areas. While most of Australia has a low population density over a large area, where towns are sparse or located a significant distance from each other; Victoria has towns located throughout the entire state, with large numbers of inhabitants, in both urban and rural areas (many of which are major) such as Ballarat or Bendigo.

 
Eastern Freeway, looking towards Melbourne city[7]
 
The Calder Freeway. Inbound (Melbourne-bound) carriageway, approaching Mount Macedon and its exit.
 
West Gate Freeway, approaching the CityLink toll section in Melbourne.

Melbourne region (Urban freeways)Edit

  • Speed limit varies between 60 km/h and 100 km/h.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rural region (Rural freeways)Edit

  • Speed limit varies between 100 km/h and 110 km/h.

 

Note: 'East' and 'West' sections are officially part of the same freeway and route corridor.

 

 

 

 

Under constructionEdit

  • Princes Highway Duplication (Winchelsea to Colac) - Expected to be Complete by mid 2019.
  • Princes Highway Duplication (Traralgon to Sale) - Expected to be Complete by mid 2019.
  • Mordialloc Freeway (9km Northern extension of Mornington Peninsula Freeway.) (Major freeway, connecting Springvale Road to Dingley Bypass.) - To be completed by late 2021
  • West Gate Tunnel (Major multibillion-dollar tollway/tunnel, connecting the M1 West Gate Freeway to M2 Citylink) - Currently in Planning Phase - Expected to be complete in 2022.
  • Western Highway Duplication (Buangor to Stawell) - Currently Suspended, Commenced Construction in 2017

 

- Mordialloc Freeway (9km Northern extension of Mornington Peninsula Freeway.) (Major freeway, connecting Springvale Road to Dingley Bypass.) - To be completed by late 2021

In planningEdit

* Southern extension of Mornington Peninsula Freeway

Western AustraliaEdit

Western Australia has three freeways – Kwinana Freeway, Mitchell Freeway, and Graham Farmer Freeway – as well as sections of several highways which are subject to control of access[8][9] and only have grade-separated intersections.[10]:3 Such highways may be described as freeway-standard[10][11][12] or expressway-standard.[13][14]

Under constructionEdit

  • Mitchell Freeway Extension (Hester Ave to Romeo Road)
  • Roe Highway (Kalamunda Road grade separation)
  • North Lake Road / Armadale Road upgrade (Kwinana Freeway to Tapper Road)

In planningEdit

  • Mitchell Freeway Extension (Romeo Rd to Moore River)[10]
  • Roe Highway Extension (Perth Freight Link) (Kwinana Freeway to Stirling Highway)
  • Roe Highway upgrade (Kalamunda Road to Great Eastern Highway Bypass, Morrison Road to Great Northern Highway)
  • Reid Highway upgrade (Erindale Road to Mitchell Freeway, Altone Road to Great Northern Highway)
  • Tonkin Highway upgrade (Hale Road to Mills Road)
  • Tonkin Highway upgrade (Champion Drive to Thomas Road)
  • Tonkin Highway Extension (Thomas Road to South Western Highway, Pinjarra)
  • Bunbury Outer Ring Road (Forrest Highway to Bussell Highway)
  • Great Eastern Highway Bypass upgrade (Roe Highway to Great Eastern Highway)
  • Perth-Adelaide Highway 'Orange Route' - (Roe Highway, Stratton to Great Eastern Highway, Wundowie)
  • Whiteman-Yanchep Highway (Tonkin Highway/Gnangara Road to Mitchell Freeway (proposed)/Yanchep Beach Road)
  • Stephenson Freeway (Oceanic Drive, City Beach to Mitchell Freeway, Stirling)
  • Fremantle-Rockingham Highway - Upgrade of Stock and Rockingham Roads (Forrest Road/Roe Highway to Naval Base) and Extension (Naval Base to Ennis Avenue, Cooloongup)

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "F6 Extension". Roads Australia. Retrieved 10 September 2020.
  2. ^ "Google Maps". Google Maps. Retrieved 18 September 2020.
  3. ^ "Google Maps". Google Maps. Retrieved 18 September 2020.
  4. ^ "Google Maps". Google Maps. Retrieved 13 September 2020.
  5. ^ "Plan for four-lane Midland Highway". The Examiner. December 2010. Retrieved 3 November 2011.
  6. ^ "Abbott Doorstop in Launceston - Midland Highway upgrade". Liberal Party of Australia. February 2010. Archived from the original on 27 February 2011. Retrieved 3 November 2011.
  7. ^ "PTUA - 'The Alternative to Melbourne's Freeway Explosion'". Retrieved 26 July 2007.
  8. ^ Main Roads Western Australia (10 April 2018). "Control of Access". Road Information Mapping. Government of Western Australia. Retrieved 27 March 2019.
  9. ^ Main Roads Western Australia. Road Information Mapping System (Map). Government of Western Australia. Map layer "Control of Access".
  10. ^ a b c d e f g h i "Managed Freeways Policy Discussion Paper" (PDF). Main Roads Western Australia. June 2012. pp. 3, 25–26. Archived (PDF) from the original on 27 March 2019. Retrieved 27 March 2019.
  11. ^ Main Raods Western Australia (30 November 2018). "News and Information: FAQ's". Northlink WA. Government of Western Australia. Retrieved 27 March 2019. Tonkin Highway will be upgraded to freeway-standard
  12. ^ Luff, Bryce (23 January 2019). "Motorists take to new stretch of highway". PerthNow. Seven West Media. Archived from the original on 3 February 2019. Retrieved 27 March 2019. Additional archives: 27 March 2019, 27 March 2019.
  13. ^ Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities. "Perth Airport Gateway WA". Australian Government. Archived from the original on 27 March 2019. Retrieved 27 March 2019. upgrade of the Leach Highway to expressway standard
  14. ^ a b Seeber, Elisia (13 September 2015). "Grand Gateway to Perth Airport opens". PerthNow. Archived from the original on 20 February 2018. Retrieved 27 March 2019. Leach Highway has been upgraded to expressway standard