Road Photos & Information: Victoria
M3 Eastern Freeway, Eastlink & Frankston Freeway (M3) - Collingwood to Nunawading

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General Information:

M3 is a motorway standard route in Melbourne's eastern and south eastern suburbs, linking the Melbourne CBD with the Mornington Peninsula. The Eastern Freeway is untolled, however the Eastlink section of M3, from Nunawading to Seaford uses an electronic distance based tolling system.

Eastern Freeway:

The Eastern Freeway was originally meant to receive the F19 route number. 2

In the 1970s when the Eastern Freeway was built, the design included provision for rail. Some tunnelling construction work was, in fact, started in the 1970s, near Hoddle Street. Overpasses were also built to cater for rail. 3

History:

Click here for photos of Eastern Freeway and also related signs, before the freeway was renumbered from MR83 to M3.

Collingwood to Nunawading   Nunawading to Collingwood
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tn_200806_01_fitzroy_queenspde_mr46_timcole.jpg Advance Directional Sign:
AD sign with over-dimensional route number on Eastern Highway (MR83) at Fitzroy, approaching Queens Parade (MR46), June 2008.

Image © Tim Cole

  Travel Time Sign:
LED sign showing real-time travel time to major interchanges, Blackburn North, June 2016.

Image © Rob Tilley

tn_200806_02_collingwood_hoddlest_mr26_goldst_timcole.jpg Advance Directional Sign:
AD sign with over-dimensional route number on Eastern Highway (MR83) at Collingwood, approaching Gold Street, Hoddle Street (MR29) and the entrance to Eastern Freeway (M3), June 2008.

Image © Tim Cole

  Advance Directional Sign:
AD sign at Blackburn North approaching Middleborough Rd (MR23), June 2016.

Image © Rob Tilley

tn_200806_03_balwynnth_bulleenrd_mr52_thompsonsrd_mr42_timcole.jpg Advance Directional Sign:
AD sign on Eastern Fwy (M3) approaching the interchange with Bulleen Rd (MR52) and Thompsons Rd (MR42), Balwyn North, June 2008. Bulleen Rd is not MR40, so this is either a goof or should be prefixed with 'To', to indicate you can access Manningham Rd (MR40) from this interchange.

Image © Tim Cole

  Advance Directional Sign:
AD sign at Blackburn North approaching Middleborough Rd (MR23), June 2016.

Image © Rob Tilley

Advance Directional Sign:
AD sign at Bulleen approaching Doncaster Rd (MR36), August 2015.

Image © Paul Rands

  Middleborough Road:
Eastern Fwy (M3) at the Middleborough Rd interchange at Blackburn North, June 2016.

Image © Rob Tilley

tn_200806_04_doncaster_doncasterrd_mr36_timcole.jpg Doncaster Road Interchange:
Looking southeast at the Doncaster Road (MR36) interchange in Doncaster, June 2008.

Image © Tim Cole

  Advance Directional Sign:
AD sign at Blackburn North approaching Tram Rd (MR47), June 2016.

Image © Rob Tilley

Advance Directional Sign:
AD sign at Balwyn North approaching Elgar Rd, August 2015.

Image © Paul Rands

  Advance Directional Sign:
AD sign at Box Hill North approaching Tram Rd (MR47), June 2016.

Image © Rob Tilley

Advance Directional Sign:
AD sign at Doncaster approaching Elgar Rd, August 2015.

Image © Paul Rands

  Tram Road:
Eastern Fwy (M3) at the Tram Rd (MR47) interchange, Box Hill, June 2016.

Image © Rob Tilley

tn_200806_05_doncaster_elgarrd_timcole.jpg Elgar Road Interchange:
Elgar Road interchange at Doncaster, June 2008.

Image © Tim Cole

  Advance Directional Sign:
AD sign at Box Hill North approaching Doncaster Rd (MR36), June 2016.

Image © Rob Tilley

tn_200806_06_doncaster_elgarrd_timcole.jpg Elgar Road Interchange:
Elgar Road interchange at Doncaster, June 2008.

Image © Tim Cole

  Advance Directional Sign:
AD sign at Doncaster approaching Doncaster Rd (MR36), June 2016.

Image © Rob Tilley

Elgar Road Interchange:
Elgar Road interchange at Doncaster, August 2015.

Image © Paul Rands

  Doncaster Road:
Eastern Fwy (M3) at the Doncaster Rd (MR36) interchange, Balwyn North, June 2016.

Image © Rob Tilley

Advance Directional Sign:
AD sign on the Tram Rd overpass at Doncaster, approaching Middleborough Rd (MR23), August 2015.

Image © Paul Rands

  Advance Directional Sign:
AD sign at Balwyn North approaching Bulleen Rd (MR42 / MR52), June 2016.

Image © Rob Tilley

Advance Directional Sign:
AD sign at Doncaster approaching Middleborough Rd (MR23), August 2015.

Image © Paul Rands

  Advance Directional Sign:
AD sign at Balwyn North approaching Bulleen Rd (MR42 / MR52), June 2016.

Image © Rob Tilley

Tollway Starts 4km:
Sign at Doncaster showing distance to tolled section of M3, August 2015.

Image © Paul Rands

  Bulleen Road:
Eastern Fwy (M3) at the Bulleen Rd (MR42 / MR52) interchange at at Balwyn North, June 2016.

Image © Rob Tilley

Middleborough Road:
Eastern Fwy (M3) at Box Hill North at the Middleborough Rd (MR23) interchange, August 2015.

Image © Paul Rands

  Travel Time Sign:
LED sign showing real-time travel time to major interchanges, Balwyn North, June 2016.

Image © Rob Tilley

Advance Directional Sign:
AD sign on the Middleborough Rd (MR23) at Box Hill North approaching Blackburn Rd (MR13), August 2015.

Image © Paul Rands

  Advance Directional Sign:
AD sign at Kew East approaching Chandler Hwy (MR21), June 2016.

Image © Rob Tilley

Advance Directional Sign:
AD sign at Blackburn North approaching Blackburn Rd (MR13), August 2015.

Image © Paul Rands

  Freeway Green Advance Directional Sign:
Freeway Green AD sign at Kew approaching Chandler Hwy (MR21), June 2016.

Image © Rob Tilley

Tollway Starts 2km:
Sign at Blackburn North showing distance to tolled section of M3, August 2015.

Image © Paul Rands

  Chandler Highway:
Eastern Fwy (M3) at the Chandler Hwy (MR21) interchange at Kew, June 2016.

Image © Rob Tilley

Blackburn Road:
Eastern Fwy (M3) at the Blackburn Rd (MR13) interchange at Blackburn North, August 2015.

Image © Paul Rands

  Advance directional Sign:
AD sign at Fairfield approaching Hoddle St (MR29) and Alexandra Pde (MR83), June 2016.

Image © Rob Tilley

Overheight Detection Sign:
Sign warning of overheight vehicle detector ahead, Blackburn North near the Blackburn Rd (MR13) overpass, August 2015.

Image © Paul Rands

  Freeway Green Advance directional Sign:
Freeway Green AD sign at Fairfield approaching Hoddle St (MR29) and Alexandra Pde (MR83), June 2016.

Image © Rob Tilley

Blackburn Road Overpass:
AD sign for Springvale Rd (MR40) at Blackburn North on the Blackburn Rd (MR13) overpass, August 2015. Click here for a photo by Tim Cole of this location from June 2008.

Image © Paul Rands

  End Freeway 1km:
Signs indicating end of Eastern Fwy, 1 km at Fairfield, June 2016.

Image © Rob Tilley

Advance Directional Sign:
AD sign at Blackburn North approaching Springvale Rd (MR40), August 2015.

Image © Paul Rands

  Freeway Green Intersection directional Sign:
Freeway Green ID sign at Abbottsford at the interchange with Hoddle St (MR29) and Alexandra Pde (MR83), June 2016.

Image © Rob Tilley

Last Exit Before Tollway:
Sign at Blackburn North indicating that Springvale Rd (MR40) is the last exit before the tolled section on M3, August 2015.

Image © Paul Rands

  Freeway Green Advance directional Sign:
Freeway Green AD sign at Abbottsford on the off ramp to Hoddle St (MR29), August 2015.

Image © Paul Rands

Click here for the continuation of M3 between Nunawading and Wantirna

1 VicRoads Road Management Plan, 30 October 2004
2 Picture Victoria, 1970s Anti-freeway protest
3 Victorian Competition & Efficiency Commission, Inquiry Into Managing Transport Congestion
4 Tim Cole
5 Picture Australia, 1970s Freeway construction
6 Victorian Auditor General's Office, Road construction in Victoria: Major projects managed by VicRoads
7 Department of Infrastructure, Annual Report 1997-98
8 Office of the Minister for Roads and Ports, Media Release, $255 Million to Extend Eastern Freeway to Ringwood, $175 Million for new Hallam Bypass, 4 May 1999
9 Minister of Transport, Media Release, First Eastern Freeway Milestone is Reached, 22 February 2001
10 The Office of the Premier, Media Release, Premier Announces $326m Eastern Fwy Extension, 13 October 2000
11 Minister of Transport, Media Release, Park Road Bridge Over Eastern Freeway Extension Opened to Traffic, 26 March 2002
12 Minister of Transport, Media Release, Bracks Government Announces Mitcham-Frankston Freeway Project, 23 September 2002

Last updated: 14-Feb-2019 20:56

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