Mornington Peninsula Freeway, Mount Martha to Rosebud

We're improving safety along Mornington Peninsula Freeway between Mount Martha and Rosebud as part of Towards Zero. The Victorian Government is investing $1.4 billion to implement Towards Zero, a plan to achieve fewer than 200 deaths by 2020 and reduce serious injuries by 15% on Victoria's roads.

Update - November 2018

Safety improvement works are continuing on the Mornington Peninsula Freeway, with flexible safety barriers now being installed between Jetty Road and Boneo Road 

From 22 October until 30 November, crews will be working to seal the widened shoulder of the road, and installing barriers along the centre of the road. 

While works are underway, there will only be one lane open on the Mornington Peninsula Freeway, heading in one direction. 

Our traffic management crew will be re-directing traffic through Eastbourne Road from 8am to 6pm, Monday to Friday during the following times:

  • If you’re heading east (towards Safety Beach) in the morning you will be redirected via Eastbourne Road
  • If you’re heading west (towards Sorrento) in the afternoon you will be redirected via Eastbourne Road 

If you’re travelling through the area, please watch out for changes to traffic conditions, plan ahead and allow more time.

We expect to complete the project by mid-December.

Thank you for your ongoing patience while we complete this important safety upgrade.

Overview

Background

The Mornington Peninsula Freeway has been identified as one of Victoria’s highest-risk rural roads.

Between 2011 and 2016, there were 48 serious crashes along this section of road, resulting in nine people suffering serious injuries and tragically, three people losing their lives.

Details

We’re improving safety on the Mornington Peninsula Freeway by:

  • installing flexible safety barriers along the left-hand side of the Freeway to reduce the severity of run-off-road crashes
  • installing flexible safety barriers on the Freeway’s centre median to help prevent head-on crashes
  • widening the road shoulders to make room for flexible safety barriers and reduce the likelihood of run-off-road crashes.

Map of Mornington Peninsula Freeway showing proposed run off treatment barriers.

View a larger version of map showing the location of the new barriers.

Vegetation

To ensure flexible safety 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. 

Vegetation is only being removed when necessary to ensure the flexible safety barriers can work effectively. Much of this vegetation is also considered to be a fire hazard.

We have engaged 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 will be replanting using tube stock where possible, which has a higher survival rate than using more mature plants.

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.

Wildlife

Prior to any vegetation removal, a zoologist inspects each site to help relocate any native wildlife to an appropriate alternative location. Vegetation is not removed until the zoologist has completed the relevant inspections.

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

Get in touch

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

Call:  03 9881 8814
Email: [email protected] 

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