Ringwood Bypass

Ringwood Bypass

Infobox Australian Road
road_name = Ringwood Bypass



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The Ringwood Bypass is a short stretch of road extending from EastLink to Maroondah Highway in Melbourne, Australia. It allows the Maroondah Highway to bypass the main shopping centre in the eastern Melbourne suburb of Ringwood.

Originally known as the Eastern Freeway Extension, it was renamed the Ringwood Bypass to avoid connotations that it was part of a freeway network for accessing the CBD. [cite web
title=Myth: The purpose of freeways is to bypass congested areas
author=Public Transport Users Association
] The first stage of the road opened in September 1996, starting at Mount Dandenong Road and heading east. [cite web
title=Koonung Mullum Forestway Association: Background
] As part of the EastLink works the road was extended by 1.5km to connect to the Maroondah Highway and EastLink. In 2003 there was controversy about whether the bypass would be tolled, with the State Government making assurances that it would not be. [cite web
title=Vic Govt promises no toll for Ringwood Bypass
work= ABC News
date=October 31, 2003


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