Maroondah Highway, Croydon intersection upgrade

We're upgrading the Maroondah Highway, Dorset Road, Bellara Drive and Exeter Road intersection in Croydon.

Project update - December 2018

Phase 1 and 2 works nearing completion

Phase 1 and 2 works are nearing completion with only minor works to be completed early next year. Our contractor MACA civil has been working through numerous issues on site to complete these major works prior to Christmas with work on Phase 3 starting in January. 

Some of the works that have been completed include:

  • lengthening the Maroondah Highway left turn lane into Dorset Road
  • widening Dorset Road, adding an extra lane from the intersection
  • drainage works and service relocation works on Bellara Drive
  • reconstruction of the Dorset Road service lane entrance
  • new right turn lane from Dorset Road in to Maroondah Highway.
  • vegetation removal
  • relocation of power poles, underground services and major drainage works on Maroondah Highway and Dorset Road. 

Phase 3 works to reconstruct Dorset Road starting in January

Works will begin on Phase 3 of the intersection upgrade in January with the major reconstruction of the northbound lanes of Dorset Road. 

Traffic will be reduced to one lane in each direction along Dorset Road while these works are being completed. 

This work has been planned for the quieter January period on our roads so as to minimise disruption to the travelling public. 

Traffic management will be on site to assist motorists and speeds will reduced to 40km/h through the construction area. 

Delays are expected during Phase 3 of works, so plan ahead and allow extra travel time. 

Throughout this project, the intersection may be under construction, but it’s business as usual for local traders in the area. Support your community throughout the Maroondah Dorset upgrade, and shop local.

Project Background

Maroondah Highway is a major Victorian road, providing the quickest connection between Ringwood and Lilydale.

Heading east, it is a gateway to the Yarra Valley and beyond. Heading west, it takes motorists into the city and connects with Eastlink.

Approximately 33,000 vehicles use the road each day, with 6% of those being heavy vehicles. 

The intersection of Dorset Rd, Bellara Drive and Maroondah Hwy has consistently made the top 10 in RACV’s Redspot Survey for troublesome intersections, with wait times of up to 4 cycles of lights.

This upgrade will improve traffic flow through the intersection, allowing vehicles to travel through in 1 light cycle.

About the project

We’re carrying out the $8 million upgrade on behalf of the Australian Government, with full support from the City of Maroondah.

Improvements include:

  • remodelling the Maroondah Highway, Dorset Road, Bellara Drive and Exeter Road intersection
  • double right turn lanes from Maroondah Highway into Dorset Road
  • double right turn lanes from Maroondah Highway into Exeter Road
  • widening Dorset Road to provide 2 lanes for 400 metres in each direction
  • modifying traffic signals to increase efficiency
  • new signalised pedestrian crossing
  • an extended left-turn lane from Maroondah Highway to Bellara Drive/Dorset Road
  • improvements made to pedestrian and cyclist facilities as well as bus stops and lighting.


This upgrade will significantly reduce congestion at the intersection and improve safety for all road users by:

  • improving traffic flow to allow more people to move freely through the intersection, especially at peak times
  • allowing better accessibility to shops and parking for the local traders surrounding the intersection
  • introducing a range of safety treatments that will make areas of the intersection safer for vehicles, pedestrians and cyclists.

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Contact us

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

Email: [email protected] 
Phone: (03) 9881 8814

Project status
Milestone Title Milestone Description Milestone Status (Completed/Current/Upcoming
Contract Award June 2018  Completed 
Phase 1: Start of works
Aug - Oct 2018 Completed
Phase 2: Dorset Road widening & Bellara Drive works Late 2018 Completed
Phase 3: Reconstruction of Dorset Road Late 2018 Upcoming
Phase 4: Exeter Road
Early 2019 Upcoming
Phase 5: Maroondah Highway median works
Early 2019 Upcoming
Phase 6: End of works
Mid 2019 Upcoming

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