Road Photos & Information: Queensland
M3 A3 Pacific Motorway, Coronation Drive, Hale Street, Inner City Bypass, Bowen Bridge Road, Lutwyche Road, Gympie Road & Gympie Arterial Road (M3 / A3)


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General Information:

The route takes in the Brisbane's inner south and also skirts the CBD via what was once called the Riverside Expressway, then continues into the northern suburbs via Coronation Drive, Hale Street and the Inner City Bypass before connecting with Bowen Bridge Road, Lutwyche Road, Gympie Road and finally the Gympie Arterial Road for the connection to the Bruce Highway at the Gateway Motorway (M1) junction.

Along the route you'll find the Captain Cook Bridge. It is the third crossing of the Brisbane River. It crosses at the South Brisbane Reach of the river, and links Gardens Point to Woolloongabba. It carries four lanes of traffic in either direction.

The Pacific Motorway section of the route had 2 names, the bridges and interchanges in the Brisbane CBD was called the Riverside Expressway and the freeway south of the CBD was known as the South East Freeway. The South East Freeway and Riverside Expressway were two of the early projects to be completed from the Wilbur Smith "Brisbane Transportation Study", which was published in 1965 and made recommendations covering sixteen years to 1981. 2


Click here for photos of the route signposted as Metroad 3.
Click here for photos of signage showing the old F3 route number and also old F3 signs coverplated with Metroad 3.

Click inside one of the green boxes on the map below to view each section of the route.

1 State Road Network of Queensland Map, 30 June 2008
2 Queensland Roads, March 2009
3 The 200 km City Web Site
4 Queensland Roads, Edition No. 4, Sept 07
5 Redcliffe City Library
6 Queensland State Archives, 1972 Cabinet Minutes
7 State Library of Queensland
8 Queensland State Archives, 1975 Cabinet Minutes Historian's Report
9 Queensland State Archives, 1976 Cabinet Minutes
10 Brisbane City Council Annual Report 06-07
11 Busway Website History Web Page
12 Main Roads Gympie Road Upgrade Web Page
13 Michael Greenslade

Last updated: 03-Aug-2019 0:59

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