Goulburn Valley Highway - Yea to Cathkin Road Safety Improvements

We’re improving safety along the Goulburn Valley Highway as part of Towards Zero. 

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

Project Update

A temporary speed limit of 80 km/h has been applied while the project is underway. It’s likely the speed will return to 100 km/h once all the safety improvements have been completed. 

Safety improvements that we’ve completed along the Goulburn Valley Highway between Yea and Molesworth include:

  • High Crash Zone warning signs and rumble strips along the project length.
  • A centreline wire rope safety barrier between the church entrance at Molesworth and Limestone Road, Yea.
  • Roadside flexible safety barrier at high risk locations. 
  • Two additional overtaking lanes, creating a total of four overtaking opportunities between Molesworth and Yea.
  • Two permanent electronic message signs at Yea and Yarck to provide real time information about planned events, emergency management and general road safety.

Resurfacing of the section of road between Yea and Molesworth will be followed by a bituminous seal along the section of road as well as the addition of rumble strips along the roadside.

Resurfacing works are expected to start in early December 2017 and are anticipated to be completed by the end of December 2017.

Project background

The Goulburn Valley Highway between Yea to Cathkin has been identified as one of the State’s top 20 highest risk rural roads. 

Between 2010 and 2015, 11 crashes occurred along this stretch of road resulting in 13 people receiving serious injuries and eight people losing their lives. Nine of the 11 crashes involved a vehicle crossing the centreline.

About the project

After completing safety improvements on the Goulburn Valley Highway from Yea to Molesworth the project was extended to Cathkin. 
Safety improvements we’re installing between Molesworth to Cathkin include:

  • Road widening to allow space for the installation of safety barriers 
  • Sealed road shoulders
  • Roadside safety barrier and centreline wire rope safety barrier between Molesworth and Cathkin.
  • Improving access to Pig N Whistle Lane, Ridds Road and Baynes Road from the Goulburn Valley Highway by constructing a protected right hand turning lane at these intersections.
  • A new overtaking lane for Molesworth bound traffic near the Cathkin intersection to provide safer overtaking opportunities on this section of road. 

What happens next?

We’re planning to start construction of remaining road safety treatments between Molesworth and Cathkin in late November 2017, and anticipate completion by the end of June in 2018.  

Contact us

For more information about this project, please get in touch.
Email:  [email protected]
Phone: 0459 855 080



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