Maroondah Highway, Croydon intersection upgrade

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

Project update - February 2019

Finishing touches to Phase 1 and Phase 2  

During February, we'll be putting the final touches on our construction works to: 

  • lengthen the Maroondah Highway left turn lane into Dorset Road 
  • widen Dorset Road by adding an extra lane between the Dorset Road service road entrance and the intersection.
  • reconstruct the service lane on Dorset Road to improve access for residents.

We had expected to complete most work in December and apologise for any inconvenience for this revised timeframe. 

Phase 3 and 4 works to start mid-February

Phase 3 - Dorset Road improvements

We will begin work to create the new lanes on Dorset Road to improve your journey through the intersection. Upon completion two additional lanes will be available in each direction between the Dorset Road service road entrance and the intersection. We expect to complete these works by the end of March.  

These works will result in major disruptions, so plan ahead, allow extra travel time or avoid the area where possible.

During construction: 

  • traffic on Dorset Road will be reduced to one lane in each direction 
  • vehicles travelling south on Dorset Road will be redirected to travel along the service road
  • vehicles travelling north towards the intersection will be able to use the newly constructed lanes
  • parking along Dorset Road service road will not be available during this time
  • a reduced speed of 40km/h will be in place.

Traffic management will be onsite to assist you through the area.

Phase 4 - Exeter Road and Maroondah Highway construction

Drainage works on Exeter Road and the Maroondah Highway centre median strips are expected to be complete by April 2019.

Exeter Road works include:

  • rebuilding the raised platform within the service road 
  • realigning the left-turn slip lane and outbound Maroondah Highway service road exit
  • extending the centre median strip to separate traffic
  • kerb and footpath works.

Lane closures are currently in place to complete drainage works along the centre median of Maroondah Highway. 

Most works will be conducted off peak, between 9am and 3.30pm, Monday – Friday and on some weekends.

Some of the drainage works on Exeter Road will be conducted at night to minimise disruptions. 

Allow extra time for your journey and please obey speed limits and signs while works are being undertaken.

Support your local traders

During construction, 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 Early 2019 Current
Phase 4: Exeter Road & Maroondah Hwy Drainage & Service Works
Early 2019 Current
Phase 5: Exeter Road & Maroondah Hwy Civil works
Early 2019 Upcoming
Phase 6: End of works
Mid 2019 Upcoming

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