Melton Highway (formerly Keilor-Melton Road) links Melbourne‘s outer north-western suburbs of Melton and Taylors Lakes (western Keilor as the old name suggests); it has a Victorian route designation of C754 (previously State Route 54).
The Melton Highway connects the Western Freeway and Calder Freeway and provides the most direct route between Ballarat and Melbourne’s northern airports (Tullamarine and Essendon) and suburbs, bypassing busy western suburbs. The increase in traffic has seen the road upgraded with many overtaking lanes, and increasing residential levels at the eastern (Sydenham) end has seen duplication of the carriageway and reconstruction of the railway crossing just north of Sydenham (Watergardens) station.
The road commences at the Melton exit from the Calder Freeway and travels through suburban developments, until reaching paddock land for the last stretch into Melton. The road passes Watergardens railway station, Watergardens Town Centre and a number of housing estates. The road generally has a speed limit of 70 km/h around built up areas. After the last housing developments this gradually rises to 80, 90 and then 100 km/h through farm/paddock land and goes back to 80 km/h at Melton, with it turning from a four-lane road to a two-lane road with overtaking spots.
A level crossing of the Sunbury/Bendigo railway line is to be replaced by a 6-lane bridge in 2017. The railway carries more than 200 trains each weekday and the road carries 38,000 vehicles per day. The bridge will include a bike lane and footpath on each side, and new paths underneath.
LGA Location km mi Destinations Notes Melton Melton South 0 0.0 Western Freeway (M8) Continues as Ferris Road Melton 1 0.62 High Street (C801) 2 1.2 Federation Drive (C705) Plumpton 7 4.3 Leakes Road 10 6.2 Plumpton Road Hillside 14 8.7 Gourlay Road Brimbank Sydenham 16 9.9 Bendigo railway line Taylors Lakes 17 11 Kings Road Keilor 19 12 Sunshine Avenue (State route 41) 20 12 Calder Freeway (M79) 1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi