Road Safety Improvements on Western Freeway, Rockbank

We’ve made safety improvements on Western Freeway, near Rockbank, as we work towards a future where no one is seriously injured or killed on our roads.

Project update - December 2020

Flexible safety barriers are now in place on the left-hand side and centre median of the Western Freeway at Paynes Road intersection in Rockbank. 

These works complete the installation of continuous flexible safety barriers along the Western Freeway, between Ballarat and M80 Western Ring Road to reduce the risk of run-off-road and head-on crashes.


The Western Freeway, between the Western Ring Road (M80) and Ballarat has been identified as one of Victoria’s highest-risk rural roads. This stretch of road has one of the worst safety records of any Victorian road. Tragically, nine people lost their lives in the five-year period up to December 2015. A further 140 people were seriously injured, and 282 people received other injuries.  

The Western Freeway safety improvements were delivered in stages. We started works in September 2017 and completed the installation of flexible safety barriers at Paynes Road intersection the end of October 2020, providing a continuous safer journey for people traveling along this route.

Improving road safety

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

Road safety infrastructure such as flexible safety barriers, wide centre line treatments and rumble strips help prevent the most common crash types, head-on and run-off-road collisions, which in 2015 were responsible for 40% of Victoria’s road deaths and serious injuries.

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 on the road, it doesn’t cost a life.

To learn more about how we’re making Victorian roads safer visit our interactive safer roads website

Get in touch

For more information about this project, please get in touch.

Email: [email protected]


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