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.

About the project

We’re planning to upgrade a number of intersections along Ballarto Road including Lyrebird Drive, Greenwood Drive, McCormicks Road and Potts Road. As part of this project, we are also proposing to introduce a right turn ban on Dion Drive.

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The proposed Ballarto Road and Lyrebird Drive intersection upgrade includes:

  • New traffic lights.
  • Widening Ballarto Road to add one extra lane in each direction through the intersection.
  • New left turn slip lanes into and out of Lyrebird Drive.
  • New pedestrian crossing facilities, including a new footpath to the bus stop and to Botany Park.
  • Drainage and road pavement improvements.
  • New lighting and safety barriers.
  • Relocating and upgrading the two Ballarto Road/Lyrebird Drive bus stops.
  • A new advance 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 Carrum Downs 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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During our investigations into potential intersection improvements along Ballarto Road, we identified that introducing a right turn ban from Dion Drive into Ballarto Road would help improve traffic flow. 

The right turn ban on Dion Drive would help reduce vehicle queues and encourage drivers to use an intersection with traffic lights to safely turn right into Ballarto Road.

Drivers wanting to turn right into Ballarto Road can travel on an alternative route (approx 1.5km in length) via Gamble Road and Greenwood Drive, and use the proposed traffic lights at the Greenwood Drive intersection.

To implement the proposed right turn ban, we would:

  • Change the line marking to allow left turn only out of Dion Drive.
  • Install new concrete islands.

We are also planning to install new safety barriers along Ballarto Road, near the Dion Drive intersection.

We are currently seeking your feedback on the proposed right turn ban out of Dion Drive. To provide feedback, please email DOTroadprojects.vic.gov.au by Friday 22 July 2022.

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

Dion Drive

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Map below: Alternative route to turn right into Ballarto Road 

Dion Drive detour map

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What's next

Over the next few months, you may notice crews conducting site investigations along Ballarto Road. During these site investigations, there may be temporary lane closures and reduced speeds to keep our workers safe. 

Construction works at the Ballarto Road and Lyrebird Drive intersection is expected to commence in late 2022.

We expect to start construction for the other intersections at Greenwood Drive, McCormicks Road and Potts Road in mid 2023.

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. We are investigating ways to balance the delivery of these important intersection upgrades to improve road safety and traffic flow, and the impact to the environment. 

As the design progresses, further details will be made available regarding the vegetation impacts.

While the removal of trees and vegetation is unavoidable, we will work with Council and impacted residents to develop a strategy to plant more trees, offset the vegetation impacts and improve landscaping.

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.
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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