News, Road upgrades, Victoria

Eastern Freeway speed limit changes ahead of overhaul

With works set to begin on a major overhaul of Victoria’s Eastern Freeway, changed traffic conditions will be in place until works are completed in 2028.

The upgrades will include new express lanes, traffic management technology and building a dedicated busway.

Speeds have now been reduced to 80 km/h between Burke Road and Doncaster Road to allow traffic to continue safely alongside crews. The new speed limit will be extended to Tram Road next year and will be in place until major upgrades are complete in five years time.

After 8pm each weeknight from Tuesday November 15 until Friday December 15, there will be multiple lanes closed between Burke and Doncaster roads and overnight speeds reduced to 40km/h next to worksites while work is underway. To keep traffic moving, all lanes will be open during the day and in the peak.

There will also be overnight freeway ramp closures at Thompsons Road in early December. Detours will be in place. Signs and traffic controllers will be in place.

Further work is planned for next year, including some nights where there will be alternating full inbound or full outbound closures to allow crews to safely remove gantries.

Once complete, the Eastern Freeway Upgrades will connect with North East Link – linking Melbourne’s east with the M80 Ring Road. This is expected to reduce travel times by 35 minutes and remove 15,000 trucks from local roads each day.

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