Black Spur

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The Black Spur

Black Spur Drive

MountainAshWithCars.jpg
Mountain Ash (Eucalyptus regnans) along the Maroondah Highway on the Black Spur
General information
TypeRoad
Length30 km (19 mi)
Major junctions
Southwest endHealesville
Northeast endNarbethong
The Black Spur near the Dom Dom Saddle picnic area.

The Black Spur is a road between the towns of Healesville and Narbethong in Victoria, Australia. It is also known as Black Spur Drive, and is part of the Maroondah Highway.[1]

Statistics[edit]

  • Length (km): 30
  • Corner Ratio: 80%
  • Corner Speeds: 60–120 km/h
  • Legal Speed Limit: 80 km/h
  • Traffic (cars/min): 2–5
  • Bumpiness: Smooth
  • Bitumen Grip: Very grippy
  • Special Notes: Rainforest means often damp and bark on road in winter and firestorms in summer.

Location[edit]

The Black Spur is located about 60 km ENE from Melbourne on the Maroondah Hwy between Healesville and Marysville. To reach the Black Spur, travel along the Eastern Arterial to Ringwood Bypass. Turn left at Maroondah Hwy and follow until you arrive at Healesville. Alternatively, travel through Cardinia Reservoir – Emerald – Yarra Junction – Warburton.

Etymology[edit]

The road, originally known as "The Blacks' Spur", gained its name from the route taken by displaced Aboriginal people from northern Victoria on their way to a mission settlement at Corranderrk near Healesville.[2]

Description of road[edit]

The road surface is excellent after the recent (as of August 2006) resurfacing with smooth hot-mix and recent (as of 2006) widening. It is twisty with a series of hairpin turns punctuated by short straights. A few corners are prone to dampness due to the ferny rainforest surroundings. Scenery is beautiful with tall mountain ash trees and tree ferns typical of southeastern Australia's temperate rainforests.

Events[edit]

In 2009, a large section of Black Spur was damaged in the Black Saturday bushfires.

In 2019, Melbourne woman Angie Suryadi was killed on the Black Spur when a large tree fell on her family's car during strong winds. Her four year old son Oliver was injured.[3]

Street Racing[edit]

The road is a known Tōge-racing spot, with amateur racers, often in tuned/modified cars, driving back and forth at high speed late at night.

In March 2008, the Victorian state government allocated $547,000 to improve road safety on the Black Spur. Stage 1 of the works has involved reducing the speed limit from 100 km/h to 80 km/h, effective Thursday 29 May 2008.[4]

See also[edit]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Visit Victoria. "Black Spur Drive". Tourism Victoria. Archived from the original on 19 October 2013. Retrieved 27 April 2014.
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 29 August 2009. Retrieved 17 October 2009.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  3. ^ "BOM weather warning for Victoria, New South Wales and South Australia as winds and snow hit". ABC News (Australia). 9 August 2019. Italic or bold markup not allowed in: |publisher= (help)
  4. ^ "Yarra Ranges' cops in camouflage". State Government of Victoria. Yarra Valley Leader. 31 March 2008. Retrieved 2 June 2008.

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