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 State Government is investing $1.1 billion into Towards Zero, a plan to reduce Victoria’s road toll to achieve fewer than 200 deaths by 2020 and reduce serious injuries by 15% on Victoria's roads.

Project update - May 2018

The installation of safety barriers on the Mornington Peninsula Freeway from Moorooduc Highway to Nepean Highway in Safety Beach is close to completion.

We are now preparing to install flexible safety barriers along the Mornington Peninsula Freeway between Safety Beach in Dromana and Jetty Road in Rosebud, which includes the removal of most of the shrubs and trees from the median strip to ensure the barriers are effective. This is occurring during Autumn to ensure minimal disruptions to the vegetation and avoid the breeding season for any animals inhabiting the area. We have engaged with the Shire of Mornington Peninsula, zoologists and the community to ensure the safe relocation of any impacted animals. The installation of the barriers is expected to be complete by the end of the year.

Construction is underway in the safe work zone between Jetty Road and Boneo Road, while we widen the road shoulders and install centreline and left-hand side flexible safety barriers to help prevent deaths and serious injuries from head-on and run-off road crashes. 

Temporary speed limit reductions will be in place during works to protect both workers and road users,  

If you’re travelling through the area, keep an eye out for changes to traffic conditions, plan ahead and allow more time. Works are expected to be completed by the end of July.

Protection of wildlife

Prior to any vegetation removal, a zoologist will inspect the site to help 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 on a vegetation clearing action plan to ensure the safety and wellbeing of any native wildlife. 

Vegetation

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

We have engaged with the Shire of Mornington Peninsula, 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.

Project background

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

On the section of freeway between Mount Martha and Rosebud there has been 48 serious crashes over the past five years from 15 March 2011 and 15 March 2016. More than half of these were run-off road crashes resulting in three people losing their lives and nine people being hospitalised with serious injuries and 14 other 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 flexible 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. 

Benefits

Benefits of this project include:
  • Reduced risk of head-on collisions and the severity of 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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