Start of works - February 2024

Image of Black Forest Drive intersection upgrade

Works will begin in February 2024 to deliver safety improvements along Black Forest Drive between Woodend and Macedon. The project is expected to be completed by mid-2024, weather permitting. 

What we are doing 

The improvements will include: 

  • changing the lane configuration to one lane in each direction 
  • installing dedicated cycling lanes in each direction 
  • installing a painted centre median for vehicle turning lanes and pedestrian refuges 
  • resealing the road surface and new line marking 
  • installing audio-tactile line marking on the centre and edge line marking 
  • sealing the entrances to some higher risk side roads, which will mean much less gravel and debris in the path of cyclists from vehicles exiting those roads 
  • installing new street lighting 
  • improvements to the Calder Freeway overpass section to improve safety for bike riders, where there is no room to accommodate the dedicated cycling lanes. 

These changes will ensure everyone can move around safely, including cyclists and pedestrians sharing the same road with cars, vans, motorcycles, trucks and buses.

Black Forest Drive safety improvements Woodend to Macedon

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Traffic impacts 

Construction will begin in February 2024 and be delivered by the second half of 2024, weather permitting. 

Work will be done in sections along Black Forest Drive, to minimise impact to traffic. 

However, there will be some traffic disruptions while works are taking place, with delays expected of up to 10 minutes. Through traffic can choose to avoid the works by using the Calder Freeway to access Woodend and Mt Macedon Rd to access Macedon. 

Traffic management will be in place during construction with reduced speed of 40km/h within the work zone. Single lane closures will be in place at times.  

Please drive to conditions for the safety of our workers, other drivers, cyclists and pedestrians.  

Safety benefits for all road users 

Motorists 

  • The 3-metre-wide centre median will cater for safer dedicated turning into side roads and driveway entrances, avoiding the risk of rear end collisions.
  • Audio-tactile line marking will be installed on the centre and edge line marking to reduce the risk of head-on and run-off-road collisions by warning motorists if they veer out of their lane.
  • Resealing of the road surface and new line marking will provide a smoother and safer journey. 
  • New lighting installed at some intersections will improve visibility. 

Bike riders 

  • The change to lane configuration will increase the space between the driving lane and cycling lane through a two-metre-wide bike lane and 0.5 metre marked separation.
  • This means that motorists and bike riders will be more effectively separated with more space for motorists to correct themselves if they veer out of their lane.
  • Audio-tactile line marking will also be installed on the centre and edge line marking to reduce the risk of collisions by warning motorists if they veer out of their lane and into the bike lane. 

Pedestrians 

  • Pedestrian refuges will be installed at key locations along Black Forest Drive, to assist those using the bus stops, particularly school children, to cross the road safely. 
  • Black Forest Drive is a wide road and difficult for pedestrians to navigate. Pedestrian refuges will improve visibility and provide a protected central area between traffic lanes.  

Community consultation

We have undertaken extensive community consultation on safety improvements for Black Forest Drive. 

We thank the Macedon Ranges communities for being part of this conversation with us, over the many years.  

Draft designs for safety improvements for Black Forest Drive between Woodend and Macedon were released for public consultation on the Engage Victoria website from Thursday 29 September until Tuesday 1 November 2022. 

The below report explains the ways in which we engaged with the community on the draft designs during late 2022, who we have talked to and importantly, the key themes and insights from your feedback. 

The feedback in this report was shared with the project team to help inform the scope of the final safety improvements. 

View the engagement report on the Engage Victoria website.

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Get in touch

Email:  [email protected] 
Call:     133 RRV (133 778) Monday to Friday 8am to 6pm 
Write:  Regional Roads Victoria, Galkangu GovHub, 195-229 Lyttleton Terrace, Bendigo, 3550