Maroondah Highway safety improvements, Coldstream to Healesville

The Victorian Government, in partnership with TAC have improved 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 - April 2021

Major road safety improvements between Coldstream and Healesville are now complete. Speeds have been returned to 80km/h.

Minor works will take place over the next couple of weeks with minimal impacts on traffic. The second coat of line marking will also be applied in May.

Electronic road signs will advise you in advance of when these works will be delivered, and will only run for a couple of days.

We’ll also install rumble strips in late 2021 when the weather is warmer, to alert drivers when they are leaving their lane. 

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

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

While we worked to deliver safety improvements along this stretch of the Highway, some existing bicycle lanes which were impacted by works. These bicycle lanes have now been reinstated. 

What we’ve done

We’ve completed the following changes to improve safety on the road:

  • Intersection improvements at Tarrawarra Road, Chandon, Maddens Lane and Maxwells Road to reduce the risk of side impact crashes
  • Wide centreline treatment to increase the gap between oncoming traffic to help prevent head on crashes
  • 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

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.  In addition to the increasing heavy vehicles on the road transporting produce from the region. 

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.

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 

View a larger version of the Maroondah Highway safety improvements

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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