B Routes
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B500 Great Alpine Road Reassurance Direction sign south of Bright. B500 was the first B route signed in 1996.
April 2005
 
     
     
 
'B' roads are sealed roads, wide enough for two traffic lines, with good centre line and edge line marking, shoulders, and a high standard of guidepost delineation. 'B' roads provide the primary link for major regions not served by 'A' roads and for highly significant tourism regions. [1]

Number of Signed B Routes
26
Number of Unsigned B Routes

0

Total Length (Signed Routes)
3877 km
Longest Signed B Route
B400 - 660 km
Shortest Signed B Route
B410 - 3.7 km
Number of Decommissioned B Routes
3
 
     
     
  B routes form the major access routes through areas of high tourist significance as well as providing links between M and A routes. The majority of B routes are single carriageway roads with full delineation. Currently, twenty six B Routes have been designated across the state.

The first B Route to be signed in Victoria was B500 Great Alpine Rd [3] as part of the initial trial of the Statewide Route Numbering Scheme in North Eastern Victoria in 1996.

The newest B Route, B410, is also the state's shortest B Route. Originally implemented on the Bandiana Link Road as B401 in March 2007, where interestingly, it shared the same number as C401 Lilydale - Montrose Road, though the two routes remained unrelated. In August 2007, a decision was made by Vicroads to correct this anomaly by changing B401 to B410[4] - '01' was coverplated with '10'. This was completed by October / November of the same year. B410 indicates that it is a loop route of B400, its parent route.
 
     
  Three B routes have been designated as principal tourist routes [2]. These routes traverse through some of the state most prominent tourist attractions and are signed with a white-on-brown name plate on reassurance direction (distance) signs.

The routes are:
- B100 Great Ocean Road;
- B400 Murray Valley Highway;
- B500 Great Alpine Road.
 
     
  In addition, B420 (Phillip Island Road) is signed with a white-on-brown name plate on reassurance direction (distance) signs.

B routes do not usually include the road's name on reassurance direction signs as oppose to M and A routes unless if they are principal / prominent tourist routes as mentioned above. The only 'non-tourist' B route to have the road name include on distance signs is the B220 Sunraysia Highway, due to its importance as a freight corridor to and from north western Victoria.
 
     
     
  Signed Routes  
 

B12

Mallee Highway
SA Border - Piangil

B23

Monaro Highway
Cann River - NSW Border

B75

Northern Highway
Wallan - Echuca

B100

Surf Coast Highway & Great Ocean Road
Belmont - Allansford

B110

Nepean Highway & Point Nepean Road
Mornington - Portsea

B110

Bellarine Highway
Geelong - Queenscliff

B120
Hopkins Highway
Warrnambool - Mortlake
B140
Hamilton Highway
Geelong - Hamilton
B160
Glenelg Highway
Ballarat - SA Border
B180
Pyrenees Highway
Dunkeld - Elphinstone
B200
Henty Highway
Horsham - Lascelles
Stawell - Warracknabeal Road
Deep Lead - Warracknabeal
Sunraysia Highway
Ouyen - Ballarat
Wimmera Highway
SA Border - Marong
Loddon Valley Highway
Bendigo - Kerang
McIvor Highway
Bendigo - Heathcote
Melba Highway, Maroondah Highway & Midland Highway
Lilydale - Benalla
Maroondah Highway
Maindample - Manfield
Goulburn Valley Highway
Seymour - Eildon
Warburton Highway
Lilydale - Warburton
Maroondah Highway
Coldstream - Alexandra
Murray Valley Highway
NSW Border (Robinvale) - NSW Border (Corryong)
Bandiana Link Road
Wodonga
Phillip Island Road
Anderson - Cowes
Strzelecki Highway
Morwell - Leongatha
Great Alpine Road
Wangaratta - Bairnsdale
 
     
 
Decommissioned Routes
 
 
South Gippsland Highway
Dandenong South - Sale

Bandiana Link Road
Wodonga
Great Alpine Road
Bairnsdale - Bruthen
 
     
  Cancelled Proposed Routes  
 
Phillip Island Road
Anderson - Cowes
 
   
  [1] Vicroads (Roads Corporation); Victoria's Route Number Signs (online); http://www.vicroads.vic.gov.au/Home/RoadsAndProjects/TravellingOnOurRoads/Victorias+route+number+signs.htm; 17/2/2007
[2] Vicroads (Roads Corporation); Traffic Engineering Manual Volume 2 - Signs and Markings; Dec 2001; Chapter 10.2.4
[3] Correspondence from Vicroads staff, March 2007

[4] Correspondence from Vicroads staff, August 2007. Date at which this occurred was sometime in October / November 2007.
 
 
 
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