Ballarat Road and Hulett Street intersection upgrade

The Victorian and Australian 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 - October 2021

Construction commenced in mid-August 2021. 

Depending on the type of works, our crews will be working Monday to Friday, either between 7am - 5pm or 8pm - 5am.

If the project is impacted by weather, we may need to extend our work period into the weekend. 

During day works, our crews will work behind barriers to allow for continuous traffic flow. During this time the speed limit will be temporarily reduced to 60km/h. 

Works that take place over night will create a higher level of disruption and lane closures may be required. During this time the speed limit will be reduced to 40km/h. During these works you can expect:

  • reduced speeds through the works area to keep our crew and road users safe 
  • minor delays to traffic travelling through the work site
  • some medium to high levels of noise
  • medium levels of dust from works
  • signed detours for cyclists and pedestrians will be in place when required

If you’re travelling through the area keep an eye out for changed traffic conditions, plan ahead and allow an extra 10 minutes of travel time. 

Centre median closure during November

We will be permanently closing the Wasley Street centre median opening. To facilitate this closure, we will need to temporarily close the Hulett Street centre median for the month of November 2021.

During this temporary closure construction will take place behind barriers to keep our workers safe.

While the median openings will be closed, there will be minor detours in place for those wishing to turn in and out of Hulett Street. 

Ballarat Road and Hullett Street Intersection Upgrade Detour Map

View a larger version of the detour map

Bus stop locations during construction

  • For people wanting to turn right across Ballarat Road, they will need to turn left out of Hulett Street and U-turn at Perth Avenue to head back west along Ballarat Road
  • For people wanting to turn right into Hulett Street from Ballarat Road (eastern approach), they will need to travel further west to Reid Street, U-turn and then head back east along Ballarat Road and turn left into Hulett Street.

Bus stop locations during construction

  • There will be some changes to bus stop locations during construction. Please follow the PTV signage which will direct you to the temporary bus stop locations. 
  • The bus stop between Carrington Drive and Hulett Street will remain operational until the new location is built further East of Hulett Street

About the project

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

We are also installing raised safety platforms on Ballarat Road at the approach to the intersection. Raised 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. 

For a better look at the intersection upgrade you can view the before (current) view of Ballarat Road and a 3D image of what the intersection will look like once works are complete.

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

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 

Project background

Approximately 42,000 vehicles travel on Ballarat Road in Albion every day, with four percent of those being heavy vehicles. This intersection can no longer cater effectively for the demands generated by vehicles and pedestrians. 

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

Get in touch

If you have any questions regarding this project, contact us at [email protected]

To ensure the safety of all workers and the community, all construction and maintenance work undertaken will operate under a COVIDSafe Plan.

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