Moorooduc Highway safety improvements, Mount Eliza to Moorooduc

We’ve improved safety along Moorooduc Highway, between Summer Road in Mount Eliza and Mornington Peninsula Freeway in Moorooduc, as we work towards a future where no one is seriously injured or killed on our roads.

What we're doing

Flexible safety barriers were already in place along sections of this road, and a roundabout was recently constructed at the intersection of Bentons Road and Bungower Road to improve safety after several fatalities and serious injuries occurred at this location. 

As part of this project we’ve installed additional flexible safety barriers on the left-hand side and centre median of the road, providing a continuous corridor to reduce the risk of head-on and run-off-road crashes.  

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 - as humans we can’t always avoid them. What we can do is build a more forgiving road environment so that if 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.  

Tree removal

To ensure the safest results along the Moorooduc Highway, we had to remove 79 trees. The original design required the removal of 114 trees. However through design changes, such as reducing the space between barrier posts, we were able to reduce this number and the impact on trees. Tree removal was required to:

  • reduce the impact of blind spots
  • provide a 4-metre offset along the road shoulder between the edge of the traffic lane and the safety barrier to enable safe space for an emergency pull over, if required
  • allow room for the barrier to deflect when hit by a vehicle, which enables the safety barrier to work effectively.   

We understand and share the value that the community places on the environment and we’ve worked to minimise the impact on trees wherever we can.

Background 

Moorooduc Highway is a high-volume, high-speed road linking suburban Melbourne to Mornington Peninsula. Mornington Peninsula is a popular destination for locals and tourists who are drawn to the coastline, beaches, unique townships and wineries. 

Between 2013 and 2017, there were 12 serious injuries recorded along this stretch of road, and tragically two people lost their lives.  

Image of Moorooduc Freeway safety improvements map

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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 under Towards Zero, a plan for a future where no one is seriously injured or killed on our roads.

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