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 - July 2017

We're holding an information session to show the community our plans to improve safety along this road.

Where: Atrium, Safety Beach Country Club, 10 Country Club Drive, Safety Beach
When:  Pop in any time between 10am and 7pm on Wednesday 19 July, 2017.

At the information session you'll get the chance to view and give feedback on design plans, cross sections and concept landscape plans.

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 currently finalising our design plans to install 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.

Minor road widening will need to take place in the section between Jetty Road and Boneo Road, to provide a narrow median for the barriers to be installed along the middle of the road. Refer to the enclosed map to see the location of the new barriers.

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. 

Vegetation

The majority of the vegetation to be removed is within the freeway median between Nepean Highway and Jetty Road. This vegetation has generally reached the end of its life expectancy and is considered a fire hazard.

We’ve proposes to remove all vegetation in the median in this section of the freeway. 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.

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.

Benefits

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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