Calder Freeway - M80 Ring Road to Bendigo Road Safety Improvements

We’re improving safety along the Calder Freeway as part of Towards Zero. The Victorian Government is investing $1.3 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.

Project update - July 2018

The Calder Freeway-Station Road intersection upgrade is complete and has been open to traffic since late January. 

We have also completed the construction of two new roundabouts at the entry and exit of the Calder Freeway for both Bendigo and Melbourne bound traffic, improving the safety of one of Victoria’s highest risk roads. 

We’re currently widening the road shoulders between Sunbury and Harcourt North, and are continuing to install flexible safety barriers along this 110km stretch of road. 

This project has been ongoing since November 2017 and is expected to be complete by mid-2019.

Project background

The Calder Freeway from the M80 Ring Road to Bendigo has been identified as one of Victoria’s highest risk rural roads. 

Between 2012 and 2016, 1023 people were involved in road crashes along this section of road, resulting in 172 people sustaining serious injuries and 13 people losing their lives.

What are the safety improvements?

We’re improving safety 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
  • upgrading the Calder Freeway-Station Road intersection by constructing two roundabouts at the entry and exit of the Calder Freeway, for both Bendigo and Melbourne bound traffic. This will increase safety by helping to slow down approaching vehicles and directing traffic in the one direction, reducing the risk and severity of collisions
  • widening the road shoulders to make room for flexible safety barriers and reduce the likelihood of run-off-road crashes.

Traffic impacts

Construction is taking place at times between 6am and 6pm Monday to Friday, at numerous work sites until mid-2019.

Temporary 40km/h speed zones are in place at varying times during construction, 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 extra travel time of up to five minutes at each worksite.

Thank you for your patience during these important safety upgrades.

Contact us

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

Email:   [email protected] 
Phone:  0459 855 080 

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