Mornington Peninsula Freeway, Mount Martha to Rosebud

We’re upgrading the Mornington Peninsula Freeway between Mount Martha and Rosebud to improve safety as part of Victoria’s Road Safety Strategy & Action Plan, Towards Zero 2016-2020.

Project update - March 2018

The installation of safety barriers on the Mornington Peninsula Freeway from Moorooduc Highway to Nepean Highway (Safety Beach) is nearing completion with physical works to be completed in April 2018. Landscaping works will take place after the safety barrier installations are fully completed. In Marchwork will start on the section of freeway from Jetty Road to Boneo Road where minor road widening will need to take place to allow for a centre median safety barrier to be installed.

The next section will be between Nepean Highway at Safety Beach to Jetty Road, Rosebud. To ensure that the barriers can be installed and operate effectively, removal of vegetation will occur in Autumn and we are working with Mornington Shire Council and the community to complete this section in the best manner possible.

The safety barrier installation will follow after the flora and fauna removed and is anticipated to be completed in 2019.

Project background

The Mornington Peninsula Freeway has been identified as one of the highest risk rural roads within the State Government’s Towards Zero 2016-2020 Road Safety Strategy and Action Plan.

On this section of freeway in the past five years alone there have been 48 serious crashes. More than half of these were run-off road crashes resulting in three people losing their lives and a further nine being hospitalised with serious injuries.

In response, VicRoads and the Transport Accident Commission (TAC) are working closely with Mornington Peninsula Shire, Victoria Police, Country Fire Authority, State Emergency Services and Ambulance Victoria to improve safety on this important regional route. 

About the project

We’re installing more than 80 kilometres of continuous flexible safety barriers on both sides of the freeway and along the median for the full length of the freeway from Mount Martha to Rosebud.

View map to see the location of the new barriers.

Safety barriers

An important characteristic of safety barriers is its ability to deflect when hit by a vehicle, thereby absorbing much of the impact of the collision and reducing potential injury to drivers and passengers.

To ensure these barriers work effectively there needs to be a clear area behind the barrier to enable it to deflect without hitting any solid objects. Any vegetation that is within the area needed for deflection will need to be removed. 


The majority of the vegetation to be removed is within the freeway median between Nepean Highway and Jetty Road. Vegetation will only be removed when necesserary to ensure safety barriers work effectively. Much of this vegetation is considered a fire hazard and we are looking to improve this moving forward.

We’re working closely with Mornington Peninsula Shire, a landscape architect and local environmental groups to develop a suitable replanting design for the project. We understand this vegetation may provide a visual screen for nearby residents and we’re committed to replanting using tube stock, which has a higher survival rate than using more mature plants, wherever it’s possible.

In some areas, we’re replanting fire resistant indigenous species. A small quantity of vegetation will need to be removed between the edge the road and the nearby residences to allow the barriers to be installed.

Protection of Wildlife

Prior to vegetation removal, a zoologist will inspect the site and relocate any native wildlife to an appropriate alternative location. Vegetation removal will not occur until the zoologist has completed the relevant inspections.

We are working with the Australian Wildlife Protection Council and specialist consultants to prepare a vegetation clearing action plan, prior to vegetation being removed to ensure the safety and wellbeing of any native wildlife. 


Benefits of this project include:
  • Reduced risk and severity of head-on collisions and run-off-road crashes.
  • Less chance that mistakes will result in the loss of life or serious injury. 

Contact us

If you'd like more information or have any questions, please get in touch.

Email: [email protected] 

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