Road Photos & Information: Victoria
M3 Eastern Freeway, Eastlink & Frankston Freeway (M3) - Noble Park to Seaford

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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 of Eastlink at the High Street Road Interchange.
Click here for construction photos of Eastlink at the Wellington Road Interchange.
Click here for construction photos of Eastlink at the Monash Freeway interchange.
Click here for construction photos of Eastlink at the Princes Highway and Heatherton Road interchange.
Click here for construction photos of Eastlink at the Dandenong Bypass interchange.
Click here for construction photos of Eastlink at the Greens Road Interchange.

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tn_200909_20_noblepk_princeshwy_altnr1_robtilley.jpg Advance Directional Sign:
AD sign at Seaford on the Frankston Fwy (M3) for the interchange with Mornington Peninsula Fwy (now M11) and Eastlink (M3), September 2009.

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tn_200909_25_wantirnasth_highstreetrd_mr24_robtilley.jpg Supplemental Advance Directional Sign:
Supplemental AD sign at Keysborough indicating access to Dandenong, September 2009.

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tn_200909_21_noblepk_princeshwy_altnr1_robtilley.jpg E-Tag Signage:
Sign showing where to obtain travel passes and e-tags to use with Eastlink and other tolled roads in Melbourne, Frankstown Fwy (M3) at Seaford, September 2009.

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Supplemental Advance Directional Sign:
Supplemental AD sign at Keysborough for the Cheltenham Road (MR10) interchange, June 2016.

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tn_200909_22_noblepk_princeshwy_altnr1_robtilley.jpg Advance Directional Sign:
AD sign at Seaford on the Frankston Fwy (M3) for the interchange with Mornington Peninsula Fwy (now M11) and Eastlink (M3), September 2009.

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Cheltenham Road Interchange:
Looking south at Keysborough, June 2016.

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tn_200909_23_noblepk_princeshwy_altnr1_robtilley.jpg Mornington Peninsula Fwy / Frankston Fwy / Eastlink Interchange:
Northbound on Frankston Fwy (M3) through the interchange with Mornington Peninsula Fwy (now M11) and Eastlink (M3), Seaford, September 2009.

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Advance Directional Sign:
AD sign at Keysborough approaching Dandenong Bypass, June 2016.

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E-Tag Signage:
Sign showing where to obtain travel passes and e-tags to use with Eastlink and other tolled roads in Melbourne, at Currum Downs, June 2016.

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Dandenong Bypass Interchange:
Looking southwest at Keysborough, June 2016.

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tn_200909_24_dandenongnth_monashfwy_m1_policerd_mr16_robtilley.jpg Distance Sign:
RD sign at Carrum Downs after the interchange with Frankton and Mornington Freeways (MR11), September 2009.

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Supplemental Advance Directional Sign:
Supplemental AD sign on the Dandenong Bypass overpass at Keysborough, for the Greens Road (MR12) interchange, June 2016.

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tn_200909_25_dandenongnth_haltonrd_monashfwy_m1_policerd_mr16_robtilley.jpg Toll Payment Sign:
Sign indicating options for paying tolls if a motorist doesn't own an e-tag, Carrum Downs, September 2009.

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Supplemental Advance Directional Sign:
Supplemental AD sign for the Greens Road (MR12) interchange, Keysborough, June 2016.

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tn_200909_26_dandenongnth_monashfwy_m1_policerd_mr16_robtilley.jpg Advance Directional Sign:
AD sign at Carrum Downs, for the interchange with Thompson Road (MR6), September 2009.

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Greens Road Interchange:
Southbound through the Greens Road (MR12) interchange at Keysborough, June 2016.

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tn_200909_27_dandenongnth_monashfwy_m1_policerd_mr16_robtilley.jpg Supplemental AD Sign:
Supplemental advance directional sign at Carrum Downs, approaching Thompson Road (MR6) interchange, September 2009.

Image © Rob Tilley

tn_200909_32_scoresby_wellingtonrd_mr18_robtilley.jpg Travel Time Indicator:
Sign showing driving times to selected interchanges. The green bar changes colour depending of traffic densities, Dandenong South, September 2009.

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tn_200909_28_dandenongnth_monashfwy_m1_policerd_mr16_robtilley.jpg Thompson Rd Interchange:
Intersection directional sign over the lanes at the Thompson Road (MR6) interchange, Carrum Downs, September 2009.

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AD Sign:
Advance directional sign at Bangholme approaching Thompsons Road (MR6) interchange, June 2016.

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tn_200909_29_dandenongnth_monashfwy_m1_robtilley.jpg Toll Payment Sign:
Sign indicating options for paying tolls if a motorist doesn't own an e-tag, Bangholme, September 2009.

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Supplemental AD Sign:
Supplemental advance directional sign at Bangholme approaching Thompsons Rd interchange (MR6), June 2016.

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tn_200909_30_dandenongnth_monashfwy_m1_robtilley.jpg Distance Sign:
Northbound RD sign showing distance to selected major interchanges, Dandenong South, September 2009.

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Thompsons Road Interchange:
Looking southwest at Bangholme, June 2016.

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tn_200909_31_mulgrave_wellingtonrd_mr18_robtilley.jpg AD Sign:
Advance directional sign at Dandenong South for Greens Road (MR12) interchange, September 2009.

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tn_200909_36_mulgrave_policerd_mr16_monashfwy_m1_robtilley.jpg AD Sign:
Advance directional sign at Bangholme on the offramp to Thompsons Road (MR6), September 2009.

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tn_200909_32_rowville_wellingtonrd_mr18_robtilley.jpg Supplemental AD Sign:
Supplemental advance directional sign at Dandong South approaching Greens Road (MR12) interchange, September 2009.

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Welcome to Mornington Peninsula:
Tourism welcome sign at Carrum Downs, June 2016.

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tn_200909_33_rowville_wellingtonrd_mr18_robtilley.jpg Greens Road Interchange:
Looking northeast at Dandenong South, September 2009.

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Advance Directional Sign:
AD sign at Carrum Downs approaching Peninsula Link (M11), June 2016.

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tn_200909_34_rowville_robtilley.jpg Advance Directional Sign:
AD sign on the Greens Road overpass for the Dandenong Bypass interchange, Keysborough, September 2009.

Image © Rob Tilley

Advance Directional Sign:
AD sign at Carrum Downs approaching Peninsula Link (M11), June 2016.

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tn_200909_35_scoresby_ferntreegullyrd_mr22_robtilley.jpg Supplemental Advance Directional Sign:
Supplemental AD sign for the Dandenong exits, located between the Greens Road and Dandenong Bypass interchanges, September 2009.

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Peninsula Link:
Eastlink at the interchange with Peninsula Link (M11) at Carrum Downs, June 2016. M3 becomes Frankston Fwy at this point.

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tn_200909_36_scoresby_ferntreegullyrd_mr22_robtilley.jpg Supplemental Advance Directional Sign:
Supplemental AD sign for the Dandenong Bypass interchange, Keysborough, September 2009.

Image © Rob Tilley

tn_200909_37_mulgrave_policerd_mr16_monashfwy_m1_robtilley.jpg AD Sign:
Advance directional sign at Carrum Downs for the Rutherford Road interchange, September 2009.

Image © Rob Tilley

tn_200909_37_scoresby_ferntreegullyrd_mr22_robtilley.jpg Dandenong Bypass Interchange:
Northbound through the Dandenong Bypass interchange at Keysborough, September 2009.

Image © Rob Tilley

tn_200909_38_dandenongnth_monashfwy_m1_robtilley.jpg Supplemental AD Sign:
Supplemental advance directional sign at Carrum Downs for the Rutherford Road interchange, September 2009.

Image © Rob Tilley

tn_200909_38_scoresby_robtilley.jpg Travel Time Indicator:
Sign showing driving times to selected interchanges. The green bar changes colour depending of traffic densities, Keysborough, September 2009.

Image © Rob Tilley

tn_200909_39_dandenongnth_monashfwy_m1_robtilley.jpg Rutherford Exit:
Exit to Rutherford Rd in Carrum Downs, September 2009.

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tn_200909_40_dandenongnth_robtilley.jpg End M3:
Southern terminus of M3 at Seaford, at the interchange with Morninton Peninsula and Frankston Freeways (MR11), September 2009.

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

1 Maroondah City Council, Developing Maroondah, EastLink
2 Eastlink, Motorway Info
3 Linking Melbourne Authority: Projects, Eastlink, Facts & Figures
4 Tim Cole
5 Minister of Transport, Media Release, Bracks Government Announces Mitcham-Frankston Freeway Project, 23 September 2002
6 The Office of the Premier, Media Release, Mitcham-Frankston Freeway Must Be Tolled: Premier, 14 April 2003

Last updated: 14-Feb-2019 21:08

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