Eastern Freeway upgrades

Eastern Freeway September Design Update

Eastern Freeway September Design Update

Melbourne is growing fast, and the Eastern Freeway needs some big changes to keep up.

As part of the North East Link project, the Eastern Freeway would get a massive overhaul to bring it up to modern day standards – slashing travel times by up to 40 per cent.

The new-look Eastern Freeway would include:

  • Extra lanes for trips between growth areas in Melbourne’s north and south-east
  • Dedicated lanes to separate vehicles getting on and off the freeway to reduce the merging and weaving that causes congestion
  • Express lanes for smoother, faster trips between Middleborough Road and Chandler Highway
  • Ramp metering (traffic signals) at entry ramps to better manage the rate vehicles enter the freeway and keep traffic flowing

These improvements would all work together to increase capacity, reduce congestion, improve safety and make travel times faster.

North East Link: Traffic Movements on the Eastern Explained

Download transcript: eastern-freeway-traffic-movement-transcript-with-visions.docx North East Link: Traffic Movements on the Eastern Explained

For more information on early plans for North East Link, including upgrades to the Eastern Freeway, download a book of artist impressions.

This is an early design concept for North East Link. It is not a final design and is subject to change based on further engineering and planning studies, feedback from communities and stakeholders and the procurement process.

Project map - September 2018