Victoria is the most densely populated state in the country, and it has an arterial and fine-grained road network. Its route numbering system combines the old shielded routes with newer alphanumeric routes and their places where it overlaps on the fringes of Melbourne. It also has many bypassed highway alignments and unbuilt freeways, all of which makes it an incredible place for road enthusiasts. The highways in Australia are usually connected to Melbourne or any of the other major cities in the state, and there are secondary roads that connect the cities with one another. The routes in Victoria usually have much higher traffic than what you will in most of the other states in the country. Hume Highway, Princes Highway, Western Highway, and South Gippsland Highway experience some of the highest traffic in Australia. Some of the highways here meet freeway standards in their construction, while most of them are just sealed.
The numbering of highways in Victoria looked quite with the ring and spoke system of numbering that is adopted. This means that the whole state is taken to be one big circle, a ring and the roads are numbered in hundreds. Most of the highways that form the spoke still have their National Route numbers, and in some cases, the north-south aligned highways get odd numbers while those that are east-west have even numbers. The alphanumeric marking system is gradually being adopted in the state.
The routes in Victoria that meet the standard of Freeway include
West Gate Freeway
This Freeway in Melbourne is considered to be the busiest road and urban business freeway in the country. It carries over 200,000 vehicles daily.
This is the Freeway that links the Central Business District in Melbourne to the south-eastern suburbs of the city as well as the Gippsland region. Its daily traffic is about 180,000 vehicles which no doubts make it one of the busiest in the country.
This is a 159-kilometre freeway that is into sections, both of which are in Victoria. It links the capital city with Traralgon by the east and Geelong by the west.
CityLink (Southern link and Western Link)
This Freeway is actually the Tollways network that links the West Gate, Monash, and Tullamarine Freeways and also incorporates the Burnley Tunnel and Bolton Bridge, among many other places. The road uses an electronic toll collection system that ensures the free flow of traffic at all times.
This is the Freeway that connects Melbourne Airport to the city. So you can imagine how busy it will be. All through the Freeway it has the M2 mark, which was designated to it in 2018 after being State Route 43 since 1989.
This is one of the most important freeways in the city, and it connects Hoddle Street and Alexandra Parade with the inner suburbs. There are sections of the road that are six lanes while others are three lanes.
It is a short section of the Melbourne Freeway, which was constructed as part of the upgrades to make the Wells Road freeway standard. It is Frankston with suburban Melbourne. This Freeway is made use of mostly by the local traffic, and it serves to prevent the traffic congestion that would have occurred in that area if not for the Freeway. Its route number is M3.
This route is designated M8 and is the Victorian sector of the road that links Melbourne with Adelaide and a section of the Western Highway. It is about 314 kilometres long that is a single carriageway, and 156 kilometres that dual carriageway and known as Western Freeway. As part of the National Highway Network, it is designated as A8, and it extends into South Australia, where it becomes the Dukes Highway. This Highway is Australia’s second busiest national Highway. Annually, it sees more than five million tonnes of freight annually and also serves as the link connecting the eastern seaboard with Western Australia and South Australia.
Mornington Peninsula Freeway
This Freeway connects the outer suburban Melbourne with the Mornington Peninsula, and it was designated as M11 in 2013. Before then, it was known as State Route 11 and Freeway Route 87.
It is also designated as M11, and it is the Freeway completing the sections of the Mornington Peninsula Freeway that are missing.
The Hume Freeway is part of a much longer highway, and it is designated as M31. It is one of the major national highways in Australia as it connects south-west Melbourne to Northeast Sydney. It is a crucial road for freight.
Goulburn Valley Highway
The M39 designated Freeway is a section of this Highway. It is one of the main roads that connects Melbourne with Brisbane as well as the best way to get from Melbourne to Shepparton.
It is part of the Calder Highway that links Melbourne with Mildura and Bendigo, which are on the border of Victoria and NSW.