Eastlink Roadshow Victoria, Australia. 15/June/2008


For more information about this Motorway got to the Eastlink website at www.EastLink.com.au

The new Eastlink Motorway runs between Ringwood and Frankston in the Australian state of Victoria.

 

This is Australia’s most expensive road project and took more than 3 years to build at a cost of $2.5 Billion Australian dollars.

 

The length of this motorway is just under 40kms / 23miles and bypasses up to 50 traffic light along Springvale road alone.

 

It also has 2 tunnels. The outbound is called the Mullum Mullum tunnel and the inbound is called the Melba tunnel.

 

There are 17 Eastlink Interchanges along the way starting at Springvale Road and ending at the Frankston Freeway and no fewer than 88 bridges along the way.

 

35 kilometres / 20 miles of pedestrian and bicycle path from Donvale to Dandenong South make this the longest sealed pedestrian/bicycle path in Melbourne.

 

On the 15th of June 2008 the Eastlink motorway was opened for a single day event to the public, two weeks before it officially opens to the driving public.

 

The day was a community day and the public were able to Run, Walk, Cycle, Skate and for a lucky 300 cars, Drive along the motorway. 

 

I had the privilege to be one of  300 cars along with 12 other TOCA members from my Thunderbird club to drive the whole length of the motorway around midday.

 

Taking approx. one hour to cruise the brand new Motorway arriving at Ringwood from Frankston via a speed limit of 60kms / 35mph approx.

 

The cruise ended under the Maroondah Highway Interchange where all 300 cars were on display for the 100,000 plus people who turned up on a overcast day.

 

A fantastic event and one never to be repeated, being one of the first 300 was a privilege in itself.

 

By John Georgantis