Driving & Traffic

It’s over $2 a litre in most places. Is this to do with the shortage?

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After todays trip from Bairnsdale to Melbourne, I am somewhat amazed that, in this day and age, the Princes “Freeway” between Traralgon and Melbourne still has traffic lights and a number of varying speed limits between 60 - 110 km/h (and not due to roadworks).

I suppose at least they appear to be on the process of making it a dual carriageway all the way out to Sale, but all the roadworks made it for a very slow trip between Sale and Rosedale.

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There is a section of road between Darnum and Moe which is not a freeway and has traffic lights. A bypass of both Yarragon and Trafalgar will have to be built to achieve a continuous freeway from Melbourne to Traralgon.

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Interesting lighting changes in the Burnley Tunnel currently being installed to prevent congestion on the ascent towards the tunnel exit. The tunnel descends 65m below the Yarra River before ascending back up towards the tunnel exit.

My understanding is that it will help drivers be aware that they are slowing down (due to the steep ascent) and try to encourage drivers to be more confident and drive at 80kph.

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That is a brilliant idea and much needed! The Clem7 tunnel in Brisbane under the river needs this desperately. Some drivers just don’t seem aware that on the ascent they lose speed - most stick religiously to 80kmh on the way down but end up about 60kmh on the way up. Hope it works and they roll it out everywhere.

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The upgrade to Burnley Tunnel starts tonight.

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