Vineyard Road Safety Improvements, McDougall Road to Calder Freeway

Vineyard Road, between McDougall Road in Sunbury and Calder Freeway in Diggers Rest, will be made safer thanks to the Victorian and Australian Government’s $1.5 million investment to reduce road trauma and save lives.  

Project update - October 2021 

We’re improving safety on Vineyard Road between the McDougall Road in Sunbury and Calder Freeway in Diggers Rest. 

To prevent head-on and run-off-road crashes and reduce road trauma, we’re installing flexible safety barriers on the left-hand side and centre median.

Crews are currently undertaking initial works, such as vegetation trimming, to prepare for major construction, and the project is expected to be completed in late 2021, weather permitting. 

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

What this means for you

Crews will be on site Monday to Friday, from 7am to 8pm and Saturday 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 and access to properties on Vineyard Road open at all times.

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.

Vineyard Road safety improvements

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Why we're doing this

We’re installing additional flexible safety barriers on the left-hand side and centre-median of Vineyard Road to create a continuous safer journey and reduce the risk of run-off-road and head-on crashes.

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.

We’re improving safety across Victoria to reduce the number of deaths and serious injuries on our roads.

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.

Background

Vineyard Road is an 80km/h, high-volume road in Victoria’s Metropolitan north west region, linking communities to Melbourne’s CBD and inner western suburbs via the Calder Freeway.

Between January 2015 and December 2020, two crashes occurred on Vineyard Road between the Calder Freeway and McDougall Road and one crash resulted in serious injury.

Vineyard Road will be made safer thanks to the Victorian and Australian Government’s $1.4 million investment as part of the Road Safety Program.  

The Road Safety Program is dedicating $245 million to support the fast roll-out of lifesaving road safety treatments on high speed 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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