Maroondah Highway safety improvements, Coldstream to Healesville

We’re improving safety along the Maroondah Highway, between Stringybark Creek in Coldstream and Healesville-Koo Wee Rup Road in Healesville to reduce road trauma and save lives.

Project Update - March 2021

Entry into Maxwells Road is now open again at both western and eastern ends.

Works along this stretch of Maroondah Highway will be continuing throughout March, with works expected to be completed in March 2021. 

What this means for you

During works, drivers will experience the following disruptions:

  • a temporary reduced speed limit of 40km/h through worksites, to protect both workers and drivers
  • one lane closed while safety barrier installation takes place.
  • occasional night works.

If you’re travelling through the area, keep an eye out for changed traffic conditions, plan-ahead and allow for an extra five minutes travel time. 

When driving through road works sites please drive to conditions and consider your own safety and the safety our road workers. 

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

Cycling on the Maroondah Highway

There are currently intermittent dedicated bicycle lanes along the Maroondah Highway between Coldstream and Healesville. 

While we work to deliver safety improvements along this stretch of the Highway, we’ve temporarily closed some existing bicycle lanes which were impacted by works. This includes bicycle lanes at the intersections of Tarrawarra Road, Domaine Chandon, Maddens Lane, and Maxwells Road.

These bicycle lanes will be reinstated when works are complete. 

What we’re doing

We’re making the following changes to improve safety on the road:

  • Intersection improvements at Tarrawarra Road, run off road crashes
  • Wide centreline treatment to increase the gap between oncoming traffic to help prevent head on crashes
  • Rumble strips to warn people when they start to veer from their lane; and
  • A safer speed of 80km/h between Coldstream and Healesville.

By adding dedicated turn lanes, we’ll provide better separation between turning and through traffic and improved accessibility to many popular wineries and businesses in the Yarra Valley. 

Infrastructure plays a vital role in preventing serious crashes. It also helps reduce the severity of crashes when they’re unavoidable.

Road safety infrastructure such as flexible safety barriers, wide centreline treatments and rumble strips help prevent the most common crash types, head-on and run-off-road collisions, which in 2015 were responsible for 40% of Victoria’s road deaths and serious injuries.

Mistakes happen, which as humans we can’t always avoid. What we can do is build more forgiving road infrastructure so that when a mistake does happen on the road, it doesn’t cost a life.

To learn more about how we’re making Victorian roads safer visit our interactive safer roads website

Background 

Maroondah Highway is a popular tourist route in Victoria’s east, linking Melbourne and the growing outer suburbs to the famous Yarra Valley wine region. This stretch of the Maroondah Highway connects many well-known wineries as well as breweries, restaurants and local farmers markets. 

Between July 2013 and December 2018, there were 13 serious injuries along this stretch of road and tragically, three people lost their lives. Most of the serious injuries occurred as a result of head-on collisions, due to vehicles drifting onto the wrong side of the road. 

Maroondah Highway safety improvements works 

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Why a safer speed limit?

Speeding is a major factor in serious injury crashes.

Maroondah Highway is a high-risk, high volume road with increasing traffic volumes and tourist numbers visiting the popular Yarra Valley region. These visitors are often unfamiliar with the region and usually drive at a reduced speed.  

The new 80km/h speed limit adds less than two minutes travel time to your journey to and from Healesville. 

By implementing a safer speed limit of 80km/h, the stopping distance is 30% shorter than when travelling at 100km/h, reducing the risk of serious injury for all road users. 

Driving at 80km/h gives you 20% more time to react in dangerous situations and make better decisions than if you were travelling at 100km/h. 

To improve traffic flow and reduce queueing along the Highway, we’re also adding dedicated turning lanes at the four key intersections.

Driver skills and experience vary greatly from person to person, we’re safer when the speed matches the road conditions and surroundings.

Get in touch

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

Email: [email protected]

The Victorian Government, in partnership with TAC, is investing $1.4 billion into road safety infrastructure, so if a mistake happens on the road, it doesn't cost a life. 

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