About the Black Forest Drive safety improvements

We are working with the community to consider delivering $6 million of important safety improvements along Black Forest Drive, with a view to making a safer journey for drivers, cyclists and pedestrians.

In May 2021, the Victorian Government announced funding for 11.7 kilometres of improvements between Woodend and Macedon, as part of its annual budget.

This project is expected to begin in late 2022 and be completed by early 2024, weather permitting.

These improvements are in response to local community concerns about safety on this road and a disturbing crash history, with four fatalities and 23 serious injury crashes recorded between 2002 and 2020.

What we're planning to do

The proposed improvements include:

  • resealing of the entire length of road for a smoother journey for all road users
  • improved safety for vulnerable road users by installing protected pedestrian refuges and lighting
  • upgrades to intersections to cater for safer turning movements to and from Black Forest Drive
  • improved safety for all road users by changing the lane configuration to two lanes – one lane in each direction, a 3-metre-wide painted centre median and on-road cycle lanes in each direction
  • sealing of the entrance to priority side roads to prevent debris spreading onto the road, and installation of lighting in these locations if required.

The consideration of these priority safety upgrades are a result of extensive research and analysis, including using the feedback we have received from community engagement in March 2018.

Community listening sessions Woodend and Macedon December 2021

Thank you to those who attended the Black Forest Drive safety improvements community listening sessions in Woodend and Macedon on 14 and 15 December 2021.

It was fantastic to hear views from a wide variety of road users from the local area. This feedback will now be considered in developing the improvement plans.

We will summarise the feedback we have received within a consultation report, which we will share in early 2022.

The survey has now closed

Thank you to those who completed our survey to prioritise the intersection improvements and installation of pedestrian refuges along Black Forest Drive.

The survey closed at 5:00pm Thursday 21 October and was completed by almost 300 people.

We will share the feedback we received and how it will contribute to the final proposed project plan later in 2021.

We expect to have detailed designs and the final proposed project plan available to the public in early 2022.

Webinar session Tuesday 5 October 6:30pm

Thank you to those who attended the webinar on Tuesday 5 October.

We have now published responses to some of the most frequently asked questions during the webinar. See the updated Frequently Asked Questions section.

If you missed the webinar, you can view the recording.

Next steps

We will use the feedback we have received about how locals use the road and issues they have encountered or opportunities to inform the project draft design concepts.

These concepts will provide more detail about the treatments proposed and are planned to be released for community feedback in early-mid 2022.

Black Forest Drive safety improvements map: Woodend to Macedon

Click on the icons on the map to find out more about the planned safety improvements on Black Forest Drive.

Google map showing Black Forest Drive from Woodend to Macedon

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