Ballarat Road and Hulett Street intersection upgrade

The Australian and Victorian Governments have invested $8 million to deliver a safer Ballarat Road and Hulett Street intersection in Albion, under the joint Targeted Road Safety Works program.

Update - May 2022

We have completed construction on the Ballarat Road and Hulett Street intersection upgrade in Albion. 

The traffic lights have been installed and will soon be switched on by the external power company. Until the traffic lights are switched on, vehicles travelling through the intersection will need to follow Victorian give-way rules. 

You can find the Victorian giving way rules for intersections here

About the project

We have installed new traffic lights with pedestrian crossings at the Ballarat Road and Hulett Street intersection.

We also installed safety platforms on Ballarat Road on the approach to the intersection. Safety platforms act like gentle speed bumps, encouraging drivers to slow down as they cross through the intersection, creating a safer environment for all road users. 

This intersection upgrade also includes:

  • new guard fence and flexible wire rope safety barriers along the roadside of Ballarat Road
  • new Left hand only turn from Wasley Street to eliminate the risk of side impact crashes.
  • dedicated U-turn lanes at the intersection 
  • resurfacing both eastbound and westbound lanes on Ballarat Road
  • improving line marking
  • improving street lighting
  • installation of raised safety platforms, which encourage drivers to slow down as they cross through the intersection
  • relocation and upgrades to three bus stops
  • a new shared user path between Carrington Drive and Hulett Street
  • improved drainage

This intersection upgrade will:

  • improve safety and access for vehicles travelling through the intersection
  • provide new crossing facilities, making it safer for pedestrians to access bus stops and cross Ballarat Road
  • meet the demands of population and economic growth in the area 

Before and after the intersection upgrade 

A full view of the Ballarat Road and Hulett Street intersection:

View before and after

Pedestrian crossings at the Ballarat Road and Hulett Street intersection:

View before and after

View before and after

Carrington Drive changes, including mountable kerbing for trucks and buses, resurfacing the car parking within the Ballarat Service Road and a new traffic island to separate vehicles:

View before and after

Left hand only turn from Wasley Street:

View before and after

We’re closing the centre median to make Ballarat Road safer for all road users and to eliminate the risk of side impact crashes.

Vehicles that wish to exit Wasley Street to travel back towards Sunshine (East) will need to U-turn at the dedicated U-turn location at Verdant Avenue. 

Vehicles that wish to enter Wasley Street (from the Western approach) will need to U-turn at the new signalised intersection at Hulett Street. 

Access to Wasley Street from the Eastern approach will remain the same. 

A new and improved bus stop for residents and businesses in the area opposite Hulett Street:

An aerial view of Reid Street showing the relocation of the bus stop and improved crossing facilities:

View before and after

Project background

Approximately 42,000 vehicles travel on Ballarat Road in Albion every day, four per cent of those are heavy vehicles. Prior to upgrades, the intersection could no longer effectively cater for the demands generated by vehicles and pedestrians. 

In 2019, the Department of Transport implemented a number of short-term safety improvements along Ballarat Road near Reid Street, following multiple crashes. These improvements included a new 70km/h safer speed, dragon teeth line-markings and advisory signs. 

Funding background

A joint Australian and Victorian Government initiative, the Targeted Road Safety Works program is dedicating $105.7 million to accelerate the delivery of new infrastructure projects, continue road safety improvements and support construction jobs and economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.  

These upgrades are being delivered by Safer Roads, in partnership with the Transport Accident Commission (TAC), and will help us continue to deliver a safer network for connected journeys to get Victorians home sooner and safer, while supporting economic recovery.

Infrastructure plays a vital role in preventing serious crashes. It also helps to reduce the severity of crashes when they’re unavoidable.

Mistakes happen, which as humans we can’t always avoid. What we can do is build more forgiving road infrastructure so that when a mistake does happen, it doesn’t cost a life.

To learn more about what’s happening in your area visit our interactive safer roads website, or find out more about our Targeted Road Safety Works projects in metropolitan Melbourne.

Get in touch

If you have any questions regarding this project, contact us at [email protected] or call 13 11 71.

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