South Gippsland Highway
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The South Gippsland Highway is a partially divided highway in Victoria, Australia which connects the city of Melbourne with the South Gippsland region of Victoria, ending in the town of Sale. The highway begins at Lonsdale Street (Princes Highway), Dandenong. At the Greens Road intersection, it adopts State Route 12 until Pound Road, then continues until the South Gippsland Freeway / Western Port Highway interchange where it becomes the M420. The M420 continues through Cranbourne and Koo Wee Rup until the Bass Highway turnoff, at which point the road is then designated A440 onwards to Sale. From the Bass Highway junction, the highway is undivided. The South Gippsland Highway is the gateway from Melbourne to many attractions including Wilsons Promontory and Phillip Island as well as being an important road for farmers in Gippsland.
South Gippsland Highway
|Length||255 km (158 mi)|
|West end||Princes Highway, Dandenong, Victoria|
|East end|| Princes Highway,|
|Major settlements||Cranbourne, Koo Wee Rup, Lang Lang, Korumburra, Leongatha, Foster, Yarram, Longford|
The highway commences in Dandenong, branching from the Princes Highway, and heads in a general south-east direction at first. It is mostly a dual carriageway with two lanes in either direction, until the Bass Highway turnoff to Phillip Island, after which it is entirely an undivided highway. Conversion to dual carriageways at the western end began in 1975, initially between the South Gippsland Freeway and Cranbourne; a distance of 17 km. The final link in the duplication of the highway between the Princes Highway, Dandenong and Bass Highway opened in the early 1990s between Princes Highway and Pound Road. It passes through the Cranbourne area, and then through or close to the Gippsland towns of Tooradin, Koo Wee Rup, Lang Lang, Nyora, Korumburra, Leongatha, Foster, Welshpool and Yarram, before heading north to rejoin the Princes Highway at Sale.
Timeline of duplicationEdit
- 1975 – Conversion to dual carriageways at the western end began in 1975, between the South Gippsland Freeway and Cranbourne; a distance of 17 km.
- 1987 – Duplication works completed on three sections. Cranbourne to Five Ways, Tooradin to Dalmore Road, and Monomeith Road to Bass Highway.
- 1989 – 3 km of dual carriageways opened between Manks Road and Lynes Road, Tooradin in December 1989.
- 1990 – 3 km of dual carriageways opened between Lynes Road, Tooradin and Dore Road in April 1990. At this stage, ’27 km of the planned 32 km length of duplication between Cranbourne and Bass Highway has now been completed’.
- 1990/1991 – Duplication of 6 km south of Tooradin completed at a cost of $A9.9m. No exact date was given, however VicRoads Annual Reports cover the previous financial year. This completed the duplication of the highway between Cranbourne and the Bass Highway. An interesting anomaly is that the kilometre lengths quoted in this annual report and the previous annual report  do not match!
- 1991/1992 – 2.8 km duplication opened between Princes Highway and Pound Road. This was the final link in the duplication of the highway from the Princes Highway to Bass Highway, Again, no exact date was given, however VicRoads Annual Reports cover the previous financial year.
Major intersections and townsEdit
|Dandenong, Dandenong South||0||0.0||Princes Highway (ALT 1) – Dandenong, Melbourne, Berwick, Warragul|
|2||1.2||Gippsland railway line||level crossing|
|Dandenong South||3||1.9||Dandenong Bypass (State Route 49) – Ringwood, Melbourne, Keysborough, Frankston|
|4||2.5||Greens Road (State Route 12) – Mordialloc, Keysborough||concurrent with State Route 12|
|5||3.1||Pound Road (State Route 12) / Pound Road West – Hampton Park, Narre Warren|
|Dandenong South, Lynbrook, Hampton Park||6||3.7||South Gippsland Freeway (M420) – Melbourne / Western Port Highway – Hastings, Flinders (M780)||Grade separated, partial freeway interchange; (M420) southeast from here|
|Lynbrook||7||4.3||Hallam Road – Hampton Park, Hallam|
|Cranbourne North, Cranbourne||12||7.5||Thompsons Road (State Route 6)|
|Cranbourne||15||9.3||Cranbourne-Frankston Road (State Route 4 / C407) – Frankston, Berwick|
|Cranbourne, Cranbourne East||16||9.9||Cameron Street (C404) – Narre Warren, Belgrave, Lilydale|
|Devon Meadows, Clyde||21||13||Clyde-Five Ways Road – Clyde, Berwick / Fisheries Road – Cannons Creek, Pearcedale|
|Tooradin, Devon Meadows, Blind Bight||26||16||Baxter-Tooradin Road – Frankston, Hastings, Portsea||roundabout|
|Tooradin||33||21||Dalmore Road – Cardinia|
|Koo Wee Rup||38||24||Rossiter Road – Koo Wee Rup, Longwarry|
|41||25||Koo Wee Rup Road – Koo Wee Rup, Pakenham, Healesville|
|Lang Lang||47||29||McDonalds Track|
|49||30||Westernport Road (C431) – Lang Lang, Drouin|
|51||32||Bass Highway (M420) – Phillip Island, Wonthaggi||(M420) north of here, (A440) southeast|
|Loch, Nyora||63||39||Lang Lang-Nyora Road (C434)|
|Loch||70||43||Main Road – Loch / Loch-Poowong Road – Poowong|
|72||45||South Gippsland railway line|
|Bena||79||49||South Gippsland railway line|
|Korumburra||84||52||Warragul-Korumburra Road (C425) – Poowong, Warragul|
|85||53||Korrumburra-Wonthaggi Road (C437) – Wonthaggi, Inverloch|
|100||62||Ogilvy Street (C454) – Dumbalk|
|Meeniyan||116||72||Farmers Road (C455) – Dumbalk, Mirboo North|
|117||73||Meeniyan-Promontory Road (C444) – Fish Creek, Wilsons Promontory|
|Foster||137||85||Fish Creek-Foster Road (C445) – Fish Creek, Wilsons Promontory|
|Alberton||159||99||Yarram-Port Albert Road (C452) – Port Albert|
|Yarram||189||117||Tarra Valley Road (C484) – Tarra Valley|
|191||119||Hyland Highway (C482) – Traralgon|
|Woodside||207||129||Carrajung-Woodside Road – Carrajung, Traralgon||C453 concurrent over Bruthen Creek bridge|
|208||129||Woodside Beach Road (C453) –|
|Longford||252||157||Seaspray Road – Seaspray|
|254||158||Rosedale-Longford and Longford-Loch Sport Roads (C485) – Rosedale, Loch Sport|
|Sale||260||160||Princes Highway – Traralgon, Bairnsdale, Orbost|
|1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi|
- VicRoads. VicRoads Annual Report, 1991-1992, Kew, Victoria: VicRoads, 1992, p. 39.
- Road Construction Authority Victoria. Annual Report 1986-87, Kew, Victoria: Road Construction Authority, Victoria, 1987. p. 66
- VicRoads. VicRoads Annual Report, 1989-1990, Kew, Victoria: VicRoads, 1990, p. 56.
- VicRoads. VicRoads Annual Report, 1990-1991, Kew, Victoria: VicRoads, 1991, p. 37
- Google (4 February 2017). "South Gippsland Highway" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved 4 February 2017.