Airport Drive (Melbourne)

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Airport Drive
Victoria
Airport Drive (Melbourne) is located in Melbourne
North end
North end
South end
South end
Coordinates
General information
Type Highway
Length 5.7 km (3.5 mi)[1]
Opened 1997–2015
Major junctions
North end Centre Road
Melbourne Airport
South end
Highway system

Airport Drive is a 5.7 kilometre highway in Melbourne, Australia, linking Centre Road at Melbourne Airport with the M80 Ring Road at Airport West. This road is an important thoroughfare for the adjacent Melbourne Airport Business Park along South Centre Road, and as an alternative to the nearby Tullamarine Freeway. Airport Drive originally opened to traffic in May 1997, and was declared a freeway under the Road Management Act of 2004.[2]

In July 2013, construction began on an extension of Airport Drive from Sharps Road at Tullamarine to the intersection of Melrose Drive and Mercer Drive, Melbourne Airport. The Airport Drive Extension opened to traffic in July 2015, with the existing roadway between Mercer Drive and Centre Road renamed as Airport Drive.[3] As part of the extension project, Link Road was realigned to form a new traffic light intersection at Airport Drive, with through traffic connecting to Watson Drive and Melrose Drive. The extension is classified as an arterial road, rather than as a freeway.

Intersections

LGA Location km[1] mi Destinations Notes
Hume Melbourne Airport 0 0.0 Western Australia MR-SM-11.svg Centre Road Traffic light intersection: continues as Grants Road
0.6 0.37 Western Australia MR-SM-11.svg T4 Transport Hub access road No southbound access
0.7 0.43 Tullamarine Freeway (M2 / State Route 43) north-eastbound / Western Australia MR-SM-11.svg Apac Drive south-westbound Traffic light intersection
1.3 0.81 Western Australia MR-SM-11.svg Francis Briggs Drive south-westbound / Mercer Road north-eastbound Roundabout: no access to Mercer Road
2.5 1.6 Western Australia MR-SM-11.svg Link Road - to Melrose Drive – Tullamarine Traffic light intersection
3 1.9 Sky Road No southbound access
Brimbank Melbourne AirportTullamarine boundary 4.1 2.5 Sharps Road (State Route 39) – Keilor Park, Gladstone Park, Mickleham Traffic light intersection
Tullamarine 5.4 3.4 Western Ring Road (M80) north-eastbound to Hume Freeway Dogbone interchange
5.7 3.5 Western Ring Road (M80) south-westbound to Princes Freeway / Westfield Drive – Airport West

See also

Australia road sign W5-29.svg Australian Roads portal

References

  1. ^ a b Google (4 June 2017). "Airport Drive (Melbourne)" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved 4 June 2017. 
  2. ^ MRV: Airport Connection Road Main Roads Victoria. 6 October 2008. Retrieved on 21 September 2009.[self-published source]
  3. ^ Choahan, Neelima (29 June 2015). "Melbourne Airport Drive extension opened". The Age. Fairfax Media. Retrieved 4 June 2017. 


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