Heidelberg-Kinglake Road motorcycle safety improvements

We’re making Heidelberg-Kinglake Road safer to reduce road trauma and save lives.

Project update - December 2022

We’re making the road safer for motorcycle riders and cyclists on Heidelberg-Kinglake Road between St Andrews and Kinglake.

Crews have completed road resurfacing, removed redundant telecommunication poles on the roadside and installed advisory signs on Heidelberg-Kinglake Road between Buttermans Track in St Andrews and Mt Jerusalem Track in Kinglake.

We anticipate safety barrier installation between Buttermans Track and Dinsdale Road will be completed in early 2023, weather permitting.

To minimise disruption during the busy holiday season, construction on this project will pause from 22 December 2022 until early 2023.

During this time, the speed limit on Heidelberg-Kinglake Road will return to 60 km/h. Please continue to obey existing signage and drive safely.

We thank you for your patience while we complete these important safety improvements.

What this means for you

In early 2023 crews will work onsite from Monday to Saturday, at 9.30am to 3.30pm.

During works, drivers may experience the following disruptions:

  • a reduced speed of 40km/h through the work, to protect both workers and drivers
  • we may need to close one lane from time to time and we will have traffic controllers onsite to help guide you through the area

If you’re travelling through the area, keep an eye out for changed traffic conditions. 

 
What are we doing

Heidelberg-Kinglake Road between Buttermans Track and Mt Jerusalem Track is a popular riding route which we’re upgrading to create a safer riding environment for motorcyclists. 

In the five-year period leading up to June 2020 there were 23 motorcycle crashes recorded along this section of Heidelberg-Kinglake Road. Thirteen of these crashes resulted in people suffering serious injuries with one person tragically losing their life. 

Works to improve motorcyclist safety include:

  • upgrading existing roadside barriers and installation of flexible safety barriers in high-risk locations to further reduce the risk of run-off-road collisions
  • road resurfacing works and sealing gravel sections of the road in high-risk locations
  • shoulder sealing and some driveway resurfacing works to help motorcycle riders and other road users stay in control if they veer off the road
  • improving linemarking and undertaking minor drainage works.

We’ll also remove a redundant bus stop located on the corner of Heidelberg-Kinglake Road and Buttermans Track in St Andrews, to provide sufficient room for the new safety barriers to flex and reduce the risk of severe injury in the event of a crash.

These upgrades will also improve safety for other vulnerable road user groups including cyclists.

This project is funded by the Motorcycle Safety Levy and is being delivered by the Department of Transport, so all road users, including motorcycle riders can get home safely.

Motorcycle safety Levy

The Motorcycle Safety Levy (MSL) is collected as part of the Transport Accident Commission (TAC) premium in registrations for motorcycles with an engine capacity of 126cc or above. 

This levy contributes to projects that improve the safety of motorcycle riders to help prevent crashes or reduce the severity when a crash does occur. Infrastructure improvements is the largest area of investment from the levy.

Too many motorcycle riders are dying or being seriously injured on our roads - and it is the responsibility of all of us, both drivers and riders, to change this.

For further information on projects funded from the levy, please refer to the Motorcycle Safety Levy page.

Get in touch

For more information about this project, please get in touch.

Email: [email protected]

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