Sunshine Avenue Safety Improvements, Sage Avenue to Old Calder Highway

Sunshine Avenue in Keilor will be made safer thanks to the Victorian and Australian Government’s $4.5 million investment to reduce road trauma and save lives. 

Project update - October 2021

To prevent run-off-road and head-on crashes, safety improvement works began on Sunshine Avenue between St Albans and Keilor in early August 2021.

We've carried out preliminary shrub removal and service location works on Sunshine Avenue, between Sage Avenue in St Albans and Old Calder Highway in Keilor.

Crews will begin installing flexible safety barriers along the left-hand side and centre median of Sunshine Avenue from mid October 2021.

For the safety of all workers and the community during COVID-19 restrictions, all construction will operate under a COVIDSafe plan.

The project is expected to be complete in late 2021, weather permitting.

What this means for you

Crews will be onsite Mondays to Fridays, from 7am to 8pm and Saturdays from 7am to 3pm.

During works, drivers can expect the following disruptions: 

  • a reduced speed of 40km/h through the work site during construction hours, to protect both workers and drivers
  • a reduced speed of 60km/h after hours to protect road users.  

Crews will aim to keep two-way traffic where possible and access to properties from Sunshine Avenue will be kept open.

If you’re travelling through the area, keep an eye out for changed traffic conditions, plan ahead and allow an extra five minutes travel time.

We thank you for your patience while we complete these important safety improvements.

Environmental sustainability

We are focused on protecting and improving environmental sustainability along Sunshine Avenue between Sage Avenue and Old Calder Highway.
 
As part of this project we will be planting over 100 native trees and shrubs along Sunshine Avenue to contribute to the existing flora in the area.
 
In order to safely install flexible safety barriers on the road, a limited number of existing trees will need to be removed to allow for the safe installation of flexible safety barriers.
 
In these instances, we have investigated all suitable alternatives to tree removal, balancing this with the critical need to improve safety for the community and road users.
 
Revegetation on Sunshine Avenue is an important part of this project and our commitment to making a positive environmental impact, and will ensure the road will have more trees and shrubs overall as a result of this project.

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What we're doing

To improve safety and reduce the risk of head-on and run-off-road crashes, we’re installing flexible safety barriers along the left-hand side and centre median of the Sunshine Avenue, between Sage Avenue and Old Calder Highway. By installing these barriers, we’re creating a continuous safer journey for people traveling along this route.

Mistakes happen, which as humans we can’t always avoid. What we can do is build more forgiving road infrastructure so that when a mistake does happen on the road, it doesn’t cost a life.

Infrastructure plays a vital role in preventing serious crashes. It also helps to 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.

To learn more about how we’re making Victorian roads safer visit our interactive safer roads website.

This critical infrastructure project will continue during current COVID-19 restrictions. To ensure the safety of all workers and the community, all construction and maintenance work undertaken will operate under a COVID Safe plan.

Background

Sunshine Avenue is a high-speed, high-volume road in Victoria’s Metropolitan North West region, linking suburban Melbourne to the Central Business District.

Between January 2015 and December 2020, six crashes occurred on Sunshine Avenue between Sage Avenue and the Old Calder Highway and tragically one person lost their life. 

Sunshine Avenue will be made safer thanks to the Victorian and Australian Government’s $4.5 million investment as part of the Road Safety Program.

The program is dedicating over $300 million to support the fast roll-out of lifesaving road safety treatments on rural and regional roads and promotes greater protection for vulnerable road users, like cyclists and pedestrians, in urban areas.

The program builds on the Victorian and Australian Governments’ existing funding and initiatives to improve road safety in Victoria, including $97.5 million through the Targeted Road Safety Works Program, as part of the infrastructure stimulus package in June 2020. The Victorian Government also invested a record $1.4 billion in lifesaving infrastructure under the Towards Zero Strategy and Action Plan to reduce road trauma.

Get in touch

For more information about this project, please get in touch.

Email: [email protected]

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