Eltham-Yarra Glen Road upgrade

We’re introducing safety improvements along Eltham-Yarra Glen Road between Kangaroo Ground-St Andrews Road and Melba Highway.

Project update - January 2017

Works have started to deliver safety improvements throughout the Nillumbik area. This includes installing flexible safety barriers, guard fencing and other road safety treatments to prevent vehicles from running off the road.

In order to complete these works, we have started removing a number of trees in the area. We take this process seriously and have undertaken careful planning to avoid unnecessary environmental impacts. 

A total of 32 trees will be removed along Eltham-Yarra Glen Road and 49 trees will be removed from Kangaroo Ground-St Andrews Road. These trees are located within the clear zone area, as measured from the traffic lane edge line, and are considered hazards which require removal.

Some of the trees being removed are growing directly under powerlines and require extensive maintenance, or are growing within the road footprint, and have the potential to grow into the roadway and traffic lane space. 

Works are expected to be completed by the end of January.

Please note that the works are subject to weather conditions, and will be moved to the next available date if necessary. 

Next steps

We understand and share the value the community places on flora and fauna. As with all major projects, we need to balance the need to remove trees and the environmental impact, with the need to improve road safety and journey reliability.

We're committed to protecting the Nillumbik area and do this with the help and input of the community and environmental specialists, as well as implementing strict management plans. 

We plan to give back to the environment in the following ways:
  • tree heads and leaves will be mulched or chipped, and used in local schools and communities.
  • high quality wood will be left within the road reserve for habitat where practicably possible.
  • fauna crossings will be built along the roadside.
  • nest boxes will be installed to replace hollow bearing trees that were removed.

We'll work closely with the local community at each stage of the project to ensure we meet our environmental commitments and will provide regular updates as the project progresses.

If you're interested in receiving these updates please email us.


  • Tree removal: early January - late January
  • Sign replacements: late January - mid February
  • Barrier installation: mid February

Project background

The Victorian Government has allocated funding to the project as part of the Safer System Road Infrastructure Program (External link).

Project details

Eltham-Yarra Glen Road has a history of run-off road crashes, where drivers have lost control of their vehicles and struck roadside hazards.

To improve safety along this road, we’re introducing:

  • flexible safety barriers and guard fencing
  • centre line rumble strips
  • 50% more shoulder sealing 
  • additional signage

Project benefits

The safety measures we implement along the road will:

  • prevent out-of-control vehicles from running off the road
  • prevent head-on collisions
  • raise driver awareness 
  • reduce the severity of crashes

We appreciate your feedback

We would like to thank everyone who participated in the community engagement activities for this project.

We’ve compiled a community feedback report which provides a summary of the feedback we received and how we have incorporated it into the final design.

The final design is based on safety, environment and emergency access for the local and wider community. We will provide regular updates as the project progresses.

To view the full history of our community involvement for this project, see below.

We’ve invited the community to hear about the project and view the proposed options.

We’ve provided information, gathered local knowledge and listened to thoughts, ideas and feedback in the following ways:

  • Project web page and email address
  • Two community information sessions at Kangaroo Ground in April 2015
  • Community information session at Christmas Hills in March 2016
  • Community information session at St Andrews in March 2016
  • Warrandyte Festival stall in March 2016
  • St Andrews Community Association meeting in April 2016
  • One on one and community group meetings either on site or at office.

Original design

Road Name
Guard Fence Ezy Guard Total Barrier Length Number of trees affected
CRF (%) & BCR
Eltham-Yarra Glen Rd
 3,000m  11,500m  33  $3,941,000



Final design

Road Name
Guard Fence Ezy Guard Total Barrier Length Number of trees affected
CRF (%) & BCR
Eltham-Yarra Glen Rd
 1,788m  8,258m  32  $3,441,000



To view the plans click on the PDFs below. Detailed design drawings are available upon request.

Eltham Yarra Glen Road from Kangaroo Ground - St Andrews Road to Henley Road [PDF 4Mb]

Eltham Yarra Glen Road from Henley Road to Bills Track [PDF 4.9Mb]

Eltham Yarra Glen Road from Bills Track to Clintons Road [PDF 5.5Mb]

Eltham Yarra Glen Road from Clintons Road to School Lane [PDF 4.8Mb]

Eltham Yarra Glen Road from School Lane to McKinnon Terrace [PDF 5.1Mb]

Eltham Yarra Glen Road from McKinnon Terrace to Skyline Road [PDF 3Mb]

Eltham Yarra Glen Road from Skyline Road to 2002 EYG Road [PDF 2.9Mb]

Eltham Yarra Glen Road from 2002 EYG Road to Maroondah Aqueduct [PDF 2.6Mb]

Eltham Yarra Glen Road from Maroondah Aqueduct to Melba Highway [PDF 2.6Mb]

Contact us

To find out more about this project, please get in touch.

Call03 9313 1227
Email:  [email protected]
Write: Eltham-Yarra Glen Road project, VicRoads, 499 Ballarat Road, Sunshine  Vic  3020

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