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, as part of Towards Zero.

Project Update - February 2020

From Sunday 1 March, crews will be starting works to deliver important safety upgrades along Maroondah Highway in Coldstream from Sunday 1st March 2020.

From Sunday 1 March, drivers will experience the below disruptions;

  • Road works between 7am to 6pm, Monday to Friday
  • Reduced speeds through the entire area to protect both workers and drivers 
  • There will be some night works throughout the project. The first night works will be Sunday 1st March until Tuesday 3rd. 

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

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

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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What we’re doing

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

  • Intersection improvements at Tarrawarra Road, Domain Chandon, Maddens Lane and Maxwell Road.
  • Left hand side barriers in high risk locations
  • Wide centre line treatment
  • Centreline rumble strips to advise people when they start to veer from their lane; and
  • A safer speed of 80km/h between Coldstream and Healesville

Project Benefits

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. 

A wide centreline, supported by rumble strips allows drivers more time to correct if they start to veer from their lane to the centre of the road, and reduce the possibility of head on crashes.

Flexible safety barriers are already in place along some sections of the road. We’re installing additional flexible safety barriers on the left-hand side to reduce the risk of run-off-road crashes.

These treatments will address the two most common types of deadly collisions on high-speed Victorian roads.  

We know this saves lives - the number of crashes resulting in death and serious injuries on Victoria’s highest-risk roads has halved since we began upgrading them with safety infrastructure.

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

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

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

Get in touch

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

Email: [email protected]

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