|M1 - Princes Freeway/Highway East|
|Narre Warren - Morwell|
Princes Highway eastbound from Trafalgar.
|The M1 - Princes Highway and Freeway - is a major interstate highway linking Melbourne with the Latrobe Valley and East Gippsland, namely the provincial towns of Traralgon, Sale, Bairnsdale and Lakes Entrance. Intially, the route was built as a single carriagway two lane road, but as the traffic increased in the 1970's due to rural activity and coal mining for power production. As a result, the Princes Highway and Freeway were progressively upgraded to freeway standard - including bypasses of key towns along the route.|
The formation of the Princes Highway began in the 1800's as settlers pushed through Gippsland for fertile farming land. At the turn of the century, the discovery of coal in the Latrobe Valley fuelled development, turning the route is a major thorughfare.
In 1960, the first realignment of the Princes Highway took place at Hernes Oak due to the expansion of the Yallourn coal mine. This prompted bypasses of towns in the Latrobe Valley, as soon the road began to exceed capacity. The devitaion between Moe and Morwell was opened in 1964, and a new crossing of the Morwell River was opened on 1972.
1959/60 - Hernes Oak realignment constructed
1963/64 - Moe/Morwell deviation
1968/69 -Traralgon-Maffra rail line bridge
1971/72 - Morwell River bridges
1981- Drouin Bypass opened
1985 - Warragul Bypass opened
1983 - Berwick Bypass opened
1989 - Dual Carriageway from Beaconsfield to the Bunyip River
1989 - Small deviations at Garfield North and Bunyip with construction of dual carriageway
1990 - Start of Morwell Bypass construction.
1992 - Morwell Bypass completed.
1994 - Longwarry North Bypass
1993 to 2001 - Numerous improvements between Nilma and Trafalgar, including graded interchanges at Nilma and Darnum.
Explore M1 Princes Highway/Freeway East:
|History of Princes Highway/Freeway East
National Route 1 Historic Photos
Berwick to Beaconsfield
Drouin and Warragul
Moe and Morwell
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