Ballarto Road Upgrade

Four major intersection upgrades along one of south-east Melbourne's busiest arterials will improve traffic flow and safety while supporting the growing community for years to come.

Project update - January 2023

We’re commencing works to upgrade the Ballarto Road and Lyrebird Drive intersection. As part of the first phase of works, we will be:

  • Removing up to 85 trees and shrubs. Any trees with hollows will be placed within the bushland to support local wildlife.
  • Installing temporary fencing along the bushland to protect animals including swamp skinks from entering the roadside. Artificial refuges (ie. roof tiles) will also be placed between the temporary fencing and Ballarto Road to safely capture any swamp skinks, so that they can be released back into their habitat behind the temporary fencing.
  • Commencing road widening works along the southern side of Ballarto Road.

When will works take place

The first phase of works will take place from Monday 23 January to early April 2023.

Crews will be on-site during the day between 7am and 6pm; Mondays to Fridays and, occasionally between 7am and 3pm on Saturdays.

No works will occur on public holidays.

How this will impact you

  • Temporary bus stop closures
    • The bus stop on the southern side of Ballarto Road at the Lyrebird Drive intersection will be closed from Monday 23 January until the end of July.
    • The bus stop on the north east corner of the Ballarto Road and Lyrebird Drive intersection will be closed from Monday 30 January until the end of July.

While these bus stops are closed, passengers can use the nearby bus stops near the Carrum Downs police station. If you have mobility aids such as a wheelchair or other mobility needs that will be affected by the temporary bus stop closures, please contact [email protected].

  • A temporary lane closure with two-way traffic maintained on Ballarto Road.
  • Reduced speeds to ensure the safety of crews and all road users.
  • Medium to high level noise.

What's next

The second phase of works will commence after the Easter holidays until the end of August 2023. This will include service relocations, road widening, drainage improvements, public lighting, traffic light installations and landscaping.

To safely complete these works, we will be closing Lyrebird Drive at Ballarto Road to all vehicles for up to 12 weeks between mid-April and mid-July. There will be signed detours in place. Please see the map pictured below. We will maintain access to properties, however there will not be any direct access from Ballarto Road into Lyrebird Drive. 

When Lyrebird Drive is closed, we will need to temporarily close 6 bus stops on Lyrebird Drive between Ballarto Road and Cockatoo Drive, and 2 bus stops on Ballarto Road near Lyrebird Drive. If you have mobility aids such as a wheelchair, or other mobility needs that will be affected by the temporary bus stop closures, please contact [email protected].

We expect to complete the Ballarto Road and Lyrebird Drive intersection upgrade at the end of August 2023.

Map of Ballarto Road and Lyrebird Drive intersection upgrade - Lyrebird Drive closure.

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The Ballarto Road and Lyrebird Drive intersection upgrade includes:

  • New traffic lights.
  • Widening Ballarto Road to add one extra lane in each direction.
  • New left turn slip lanes.
  • New footpaths and crossing for pedestrians and bike riders.
  • Drainage and road pavement improvements.
  • New lighting and safety barriers.
  • New fencing along Ballarto Road to deter wildlife from crossing the road towards Lyrebird Drive.
  • New 3m wide shared path linking the intersection to the Peninsula Link Trail.
  • Relocating the bus stop on the northern side of the intersection and providing a new bus stop shelter.
  • New access to a Victoria State Emergency Service facility.
  • Building a new footpath to the bus stop on the southern side of the intersection and, providing a new bus stop shelter.
  • Providing gaps in the line marking as a visual cue that drivers are allowed to turn right from Ballarto Road into the two service roads near Lyrebird Drive.
  • Realigning the service road exit into Lyrebird Drive to improve visibility for drivers.
  • A new advanced warning sign to alert drivers heading west that they are approaching an intersection with traffic lights.
Map below: Proposed works at the Ballarto Road and Lyrebird Drive intersection

Ballarto Road and Lyrebird Drive intersection upgrade map

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Click the green button below to see an artist impression of the existing Ballarto Road and Lyrebird Drive intersection and what it will look like after.

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The proposed Ballarto Road and Greenwood Drive intersection upgrade includes:

  • New traffic lights at the Greenwood Drive intersection.
  • Removing the existing signalised pedestrian crossing and upgrading the Flinders College entrance with new traffic lights.
  • Widening Ballarto Road to add an extra lane in each direction between the Pines Flora and Fauna Reserve entrance and to the east of Greenwood Drive.
  • New turning lanes into the Pines Flora and Fauna entrance and the new Ballarto Road Service Road entrance.
  • New raised pedestrian crossings on the Ballarto Road Service Road.
  • New concrete pedestrian island on Ballarto Road near the Boggy Creek shared path.
  • New lighting and safety barriers.
  • New bus shelters and relocation of bus stops.
  • Drainage and road pavement improvements.

Map below: Proposed works at the Ballarto Road and Greenwood Drive intersection

Greenwood Drive

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The proposed Ballarto Road and McCormicks Road intersection upgrade includes:

  • Widening Ballarto Road to add a separate right turn lane into McCormicks Road.
  • New left turn slip lane on Ballarto Road.
  • New lighting and safety barriers.
  • Drainage and road pavement improvements.

Map below: Proposed works at the Ballarto Road and McCormicks Road intersection

McCormicks Road

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The proposed Ballarto Road and Potts Road intersection upgrade includes:

  • New right turn lane on Ballarto Road into Potts Road.
  • Widening Potts Road to provide a separate right turn and left turn lane.
  • Installing new lighting.
  • Drainage and road pavement improvements.

Map below: Proposed works at the Ballarto Road and Potts Road intersection

Potts Road

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We will not be introducing a right turn ban out of Dion Drive, following community feedback. 

We sought community feedback on a proposal to ban the right turn out of Dion Drive to encourage drivers to use the new traffic lights at the Greenwood Drive intersection.

The main concerns expressed to us by the local community include the extra time and distance required to travel to another intersection, and the increased traffic on local roads.

We also heard that the difficulties in turning right was only experienced during certain times of the day.

We will continue to monitor the operation and safety of this intersection to determine the need for any improvements in the future.

Project background

Ballarto Road between Seaford and Skye provides an important east-west link from Frankston-Dandenong Road to Western Port Highway, with approximately 18,000 vehicles using this busy road every day.

Due to constant traffic movements along Ballarto Road, drivers often experience congestion when trying to exit or enter the main road from residential streets.

The $36.5 million project is co-funded by the Australian Government and the Victorian Government, contributing $30 million and $6.5 million respectively. These improvements along Ballarto Road between Seaford and Skye will help drivers get to their destinations sooner and safer.

Environmental care

We share the value that the local community places on the environment. To understand any impacts to flora and fauna, we’ve undertaken detailed ecological and arboricultural impact assessments. We’ve also worked closely with designers to reduce the project footprint and retain as many existing trees and shrubs along Ballarto Road as possible.

As part of the Ballarto Road and Lyrebird Drive intersection upgrade to install new traffic lights and build extra lanes, we will need to remove approximately 85 trees and shrubs. Most of these trees and shrubs are located on the southern side of Ballarto Road.

To offset the impact on the environment, we’ll be replanting more than 120 indigenous trees and an additional 10,000 indigenous shrubs, groundcovers and tussocks around the intersection and within the Pines Flora and Fauna Reserve. The project will also be contributing funding to replant and protect more native trees in the environment. 

We’ll provide further details regarding vegetation impacts, as the design work progresses for the other intersection upgrades along Ballarto Road.

Community feedback

Read more in the community feedback summary[PDF 565 Kb]

Benefits

These intersection upgrades will:

  • Improve safety for all road users, including vulnerable road users such as pedestrians.
  • Help improve traffic flow and access for drivers exiting off or entering onto the main road from residential streets.
  • Provide greater capacity to help accommodate current and future traffic volumes.

Other projects in the area

We’re working closely with Major Roads Project Victoria to coordinate activities for the nearby Hall Road Upgrade and Western Port Highway Upgrade, and minimise the impact to traffic flow where possible.

To find out more about traffic disruptions happening in your area, visit bigbuild.vic.gov.au/disruptions.

Get in touch

If you have any questions, please contact us using the email below.

Email:  [email protected] with the subject line ‘Ballarto Road intersection upgrades’

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