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

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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.

Eastlink:

Eastlink is made up of the Eastern Freeway Extension, Ringwood Bypass and Scoresby Freeway. 1

The Eastlink section of the route features 17 interchanges and also twin tunnels at Donvale / Ringwood, under the Mullum Mullum valley - the Melba Tunnel and the Mullum Mullum Tunnel. Each tunnel is 1.6km long, contain three lanes that are 3.5m wide with a height clearance for vehicles of 4.65m. The tunnels have a gradient of up to 5.5% and are located up to 53m from surface level. For more details on the tunnels, click here. 2

The route also features 3 traffic lanes in each direction for 33km from the Eastern Freeway to Thompson Road at Carrum Downs, and also has 103 structures, including 88 bridges. 3

History:

Click here for construction photos at Donvale
Click here for construction photos at Ringwood / Mitcham
Click here for construction photos at Canterbury Road (MR32) interchange in Ringwood
Click here for construction photos at Boronia Road (MR36) interchange in Wantirna

Nunawading to Wantirna   Wantirna to Nunawading
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Reassurance Directional Sign:
Distance sign at Nunawading, August 2015.

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  tn_200909_45_wantirna_boroniard_mr36_robtilley.jpg Advance Directional Sign:
AD sign at Wantirna for the Burwood Hwy (MR26) interchange, September 2009.

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Springvale Road:
Eastlink (M3) at the Springvale Rd (MR40) interchange at Nunawading, August 2015.

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  tn_200909_46_wantirna_boroniard_mr36_robtilley.jpg Supplemental AD Sign:
Supplemental advance directional sign at Wantirna for the Burwood Hwy (MR26) interchange, September 2009.

Image © Rob Tilley

Intersection Directional Sign:
ID sign assembly facing the off ramp to Springvale Rd (MR40) at Nunawading, August 2015.

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  tn_200909_47_wantirna_robtilley.jpg Traffic Conditions Indicator:
VMS showing traffic density and travel times to selected interchanges at Wantirna, September 2009.

Image © Rob Tilley

tn_200909_01_nunawading_robtilley.jpg Springvale Road On-Ramp:
Tollway entrance sign at the interchange with Springvale Road (MR40) at Nunawading, September 2009.

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  tn_200909_48_wantirna_boroniard_mr36_robtilley.jpg Burwood Highway Interchange:
Northbound at the Burwood Hwy (MR26) interchange in Wantirna, September 2009.

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tn_200909_02_nunawading_robtilley.jpg Springvale Road On-Ramp:
Sign indicating what passes and e-tags are accepted along Eastlink for tolling, at the interchange with Springvale Road (MR40) at Nunawading, September 2009.

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  tn_200909_49_wantirna_boroniard_mr36_canterburyrd_mr32_robtilley.jpg Advance directional Sign:
AD sign in Wantirna, for Canterbury Rd (MR32) interchange, September 2009.

Image © Rob Tilley

tn_200909_03_nunawading_mitchamrd_mr36_robtilley.jpg Traffic Conditions Indicator:
VMS showing traffic density and travel times to selected interchanges at Nunawading, with the Mitcham Road (MR36) overpass in the background, September 2009.

Image © Rob Tilley

  tn_200909_50_ringwood_canterburyrd_mr32_robtilley.jpg Supplemental Advance Directional Sign:
Supplemental AD sign for Canterbury Rd (MR32) interchange in Ringwood, September 2009.

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tn_200909_04_donvale_robtilley.jpg Toll Payment Sign:
Sign showing phone numbers and web address for paying tolls if you don't have an e-tag, Donvale, September 2009.

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  tn_200909_51_ringwood_canterburyrd_mr32_robtilley.jpg Canterbury Road Interchange:
Eastlink at the Canterbury Rd (MR32) interchange in Ringwood, September 2009.

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tn_200909_05_donvale_ringwoodbypass_mr62_maroondahhwy_mr34_robtilley.jpg Advance Directional Sign:
AD sign at Donvale for Ringwood Bypass (MR62) and Maroondah Highway (MR34), September 2009.

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  tn_200909_52_ringwood_canterburyrd_mr32_maroondahhwy_mr34_ringwoodbypass_mr62_robtilley.jpg Advance Directional Sign:
AD sign at the Canterbury Road interchange in Ringwood for Ringwood Bypass (MR62) and Maroondah Highway (MR34), September 2009.

Image © Rob Tilley

tn_200909_06_donvale_parkrd_robtilley.jpg Supplemental AD Sign:
Supplemental advance directional sign on the Park Road overpass at Donvale for Ringwood Bypass (MR62) and Maroondah Highway (MR34), September 2009.

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  Maroondah Hwy & Ringwood Bypass Interchange:
Eastlink in Ringwood at the interchange with Maroondah Hwy (MR34) and Ringwood Bypass (MR62), June 2016.

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tn_200909_07_donvale_mullummullumtunnel_robtilley.jpg Approaching Mullum Mullum Tunnel:
Boomgates on Eastlink as you approach Mullum Mullum Tunnel under the Mullum Mullum Valley in Donvale, September 2009.

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  tn_200909_54_ringwood_maroondahhwy_mr34_robtilley.jpg Supplemental AD Sign:
Supplemental advance directional sign for Maroondah Hwy as you approach the Maroondah Hwy / Ringwood Bypass Interchange, September 2009.

Image © Rob Tilley

tn_200909_08_donvale_mullummullumtunnel_robtilley.jpg Exhaust Stack:
Eastern exhaust stack for the Mullum Mullum & Melba Tunnels at Donvale, September 2009.

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  Maroondah Hwy & Ringwood Bypass Interchange:
Eastlink in Ringwood at the interchange with Maroondah Hwy (MR34) and Ringwood Bypass (MR62), June 2016.

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tn_200909_09_donvale_mullummullumtunnel_robtilley.jpg Mullum Mullum Tunnel Entrance:
Eastern end of the Mullum Mullum Tunnel, Donvale, September 2009.

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  tn_200909_56_ringwood_maroondahhwy_mr34_ringwoodbypass_mr62_robtilley.jpg Maroondah Hwy & Ringwood Bypass Interchange:
Eastlink in Ringwood at the interchange with Maroondah Hwy (MR34) and Ringwood Bypass (MR62), September 2009.

Image © Rob Tilley

tn_200909_10_donvale_mullummullumtunnel_robtilley.jpg Inside Mullum Mullum Tunnel:
Outbound carriageway of Eastlink, inside Mullum Mullum Tunnel in Donvale, September 2009.

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  tn_200909_57_ringwood_ringwoodbypass_mr62_robtilley.jpg Ringwood Bypass Interchange:
Looking northwest at Ringwood at the Ringwood Bypass (MR62) interchange, September 2009.

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tn_200909_11_donvale_mullummullumtunnel_robtilley.jpg Mullum Mullum Tunnel Exit:
Western end of the Mullum Mullum Tunnel, Donvale, September 2009.

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  tn_200909_58_donvale_melbatunnel_robtilley.jpg Approaching Melba Tunnel:
Boomgates on Eastlink as you approach Melba Tunnel under the Mullum Mullum Valley in Donvale, September 2009.

Image © Rob Tilley

tn_200909_12_ringwood_ringwoodbypass_mr62_maroondahhwy_mr34_robtilley.jpg Ringwood Bypass Interchange:
Looking southeast at Ringwood at the Ringwood Bypass (MR62) interchange, September 2009.

Image © Rob Tilley

  Exhaust Stack:
Western exhaust stack for the Mullum Mullum & Melba Tunnels at Donvale, June 2016.

Image © Rob Tilley

tn_200909_13_ringwood_maroondahhwy_mr34_robtilley.jpg Maroondah Highway Interchange:
ID signage on the Ringwood Bypass interchange bridge, for the Maroondah Highway (MR34) interchange at Ringwood, September 2009.

Image © Rob Tilley

  Inside Melba Tunnel:
Inbound carriageway of Eastlink, inside Melba Tunnel in Donvale, June 2016.

Image © Rob Tilley

tn_200909_14_ringwood_maroondahhwy_mr34_robtilley.jpg Maroondah Highway off-Ramp:
Off-ramp to Maroondah Hwy (MR34) at Ringwood, September 2009.

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  Melba Tunnel Exit:
Eastern end of the Melba Tunnel, Donvale, June 2016.

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tn_200909_15_ringwood_molanst_canterburyrd_mr32_robtilley.jpg Advance directional Sign:
AD sign on the Molan St overpass in Ringwood, for Canterbury Rd (MR32) interchange, September 2009.

Image © Rob Tilley

  Traffic Conditions Indicator:
VMS showing traffic density and travel times to selected interchanges at Nunawading, with the Park Rd overpass in the background, June 2016.

Image © Rob Tilley

Supplemental Advance Directional Sign:
Supplemental AD sign for Canterbury Rd (MR32) interchange in Ringwood, June 2016.

Image © Rob Tilley

  tn_200909_63_donvale_robtilley.jpg Toll Payment Sign & Toll Reader Gantry:
Toll reader gantry and sign showing phone numbers and web address for paying tolls if you don't have an e-tag, Donvale, September 2009.

Image © Rob Tilley

Canterbury Road Interchange:
Eastlink at the Canterbury Rd (MR32) interchange in Ringwood, June 2016.

Image © Rob Tilley

  Advance Directional Sign:
AD sign over the lanes approaching the Springvale Rd (MR40) interchange at Nunawading, June 2016.

Image © Rob Tilley

Advance Directional Sign:
AD sign for Boronia Rd (MR36) interchange on the Canterbury Rd (MR32) overpass in Ringwood, June 2016.

Image © Rob Tilley

  Springvale Road Interchange:
Eastlink at the Springvale Rd (MR40) interchange in Nunawading, June 2016.

Image © Rob Tilley

Supplemental Advance Directional Sign:
Supplemental AD sign for Boronia Rd (MR36) interchange in Wantirna, June 2016.

Image © Rob Tilley

  tn_200909_66_donvale_springvalerd_mr40_robtilley.jpg Advance Directional Sign:
AD sign on the off-ramp at the Springvale Road interchange in Nunawading, September 2009.

Image © Rob Tilley

Boronia Road Interchange:
Looking southbound at Wantirna at the Boronia Rd (MR36) interchange, June 2016.

Image © Rob Tilley

  tn_200909_67_donvale_springvalerd_mr40_robtilley.jpg Intersection Direction Sign:
ID sign at the interchange with Springvale Road in Nunawading, September 2009.

Image © Rob Tilley

Advance Directional Sign:
AD sign at Wantirna for the Burwood Hwy (MR26) interchange, June 2016.

Image © Rob Tilley

     
Supplemental AD Sign:
Supplemental advance directional sign at Wantirna for the Burwood Hwy (MR26) interchange, June 2016.

Image © Rob Tilley

     
Burwood Highway Interchange:
Southbound at the Burwood Hwy (MR26) interchange in Wantirna,June 2016.

Image © Rob Tilley

     
Click here for the continuation of M3 between Wantirna and Noble Park
Click here for the continuation of M3 between Nunawading and Collingwood

1 Maroondah City Council, Developing Maroondah, EastLink
2 Eastlink, Motorway Info
3 Linking Melbourne Authority: Projects, Eastlink, Facts & Figures
4 Tim Cole
5 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
6 Minister of Transport, Media Release, First Eastern Freeway Milestone is Reached, 22 February 2001
7 The Office of the Premier, Media Release, Premier Announces $326m Eastern Fwy Extension, 13 October 2000
8 Minister of Transport, Media Release, Park Road Bridge Over Eastern Freeway Extension Opened to Traffic, 26 March 2002
9 Minister of Transport, Media Release, Bracks Government Announces Mitcham-Frankston Freeway Project, 23 September 2002
10 The Office of the Premier, Media Release, Mitcham-Frankston Freeway Must Be Tolled: Premier, 14 April 2003

Last updated: 14-Feb-2019 21:01

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