Melton Highway Safety Improvements

Melton Highway from Hillside to Keilor will be made safer thanks to the Transport Accident Commission and Victorian Government’s $ 5.6 million investment into vital safety upgrades on 80km/h roads in outer Melbourne.

Project update - September 2022

In 2019, we installed safety barriers in high-risk locations along Melton Highway between The Regency in Hillside and Calder Freeway in Keilor to prevent head-on and run-off-road crashes and save lives. 

Following the completion of the Melbourne Water works in the area, crews will return in October 2022 to install additional safety barriers to fill in gaps on Melton Highway, which will create a continuous safer journey for people that travel on along this route.

We anticipate that works will be completed by the end of December 2022.

What this means for you

From October 2022, crews will be onsite on Mondays to Fridays between 7am to 6pm until the end of December 2022, weather permitting.

During works, drivers will experience some the following disruptions:

  • a reduced speed of 40km/h through the work site during construction hours to protect both workers and drivers, with the 80km/h speed limit reinstated after construction hours. 
  • single lane closures on Melton Highway in both directions during construction hours.

Access to properties from Melton Highway will be kept open at all times.

Residents may experience minor levels of dust and noise around the work areas during construction hours.

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

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

Melton Highway safety improvements map 

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Environmental sustainability

As part of this project, we’re helping improve environmental sustainability along Melton Highway between The Regency and Sunshine Avenue.

We worked with Brimbank City Council to plant over 400 native trees along Melton Highway between Calder Park Drive and Sunshine Avenue to improve flora and fauna in the area.

Revegetation along the road reserves on Melton Highway is an important part of this project and we will continue to work with local council and interest groups to identify ways we can further contribute to revegetation efforts along this key arterial road.

Projects nearby

We’re upgrading the Melton Highway/Sunshine Avenue and Old Calder Highway/Sunshine Avenue intersections to improving traffic flow and make the road environment safer for all road users.

Utility location and relocation work is currently underway and will occur in various stages until December 2022. 

Crews are expected to start intersection upgrade works in early 2023. 

We will keep the community informed of further developments and we thank you for your patience as we begin to deliver this important project.

For more information about how we’re making these intersections on Melton Highway safer, please visit the project web page here.

Background

The Melton Highway is a major road linking a range of schools, new housing estates, traders, retirement villages and function facilities in the north-west suburbs of Sydenham and Taylors Lakes.

Between January 2012 and December 2016, 22 accidents occurred along this road, including seven crashes that caused serious injury. Tragically one person lost their life. 

Mistakes happen, which 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.

Infrastructure plays a vital role in preventing serious crashes. It helps to 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. 

Melton Highway will be made safer thanks to the Transport Accident Commission and Victorian Government’s $5.6 million investment into vital safety upgrades on 80km/h roads in outer Melbourne.

The Victorian Government invested a record $1.4 billion in lifesaving infrastructure under the Towards Zero Strategy and Action Plan to reduce road trauma.

Get in touch 

To find out more about this project.

Email: [email protected]

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