Black Forest Drive concept plans released

An artist impression of the Black Forest Drive safety improvements showing a planned intersection upgrade, including a turning lane, bike lanes and a pedestrian refuge.

A redesign update plan of Black Forest Drive between Woodend and Macedon has been issued by Regional Roads Victoria.

Following public consultation on draft designs for safety improvements on Black Forest Drive late last year, concepts illustrating the works have been released showing the road’s four lanes reduced to two with the addition of turning lanes, bike lanes and pedestrian refuges.

The final scope of safety improvements has been influenced by crash history data, road safety guidelines and the surrounding environment.

A department spokesperson said works on the improvements were expected to begin in early 2024 and be completed by the middle of the year, weather permitting.

“We are delivering $6 million of important safety improvements along Black Forest Drive between Woodend and Macedon with a view to making a safer journey for drivers, bike riders and pedestrians,” the spokesperson said.

The project was announced as part of the annual Victorian State Budget in May 2021.

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