Road Safety Improvements on Western Freeway, Rockbank

We’re improving safety along the Western Freeway, near Rockbank, as we work towards a future where no one is seriously injured or killed on our roads.

Project update - October 2020

We have installed flexible safety barriers along sections of the Western Freeway between Ballarat and M80 Western Ring Road to reduce the risk of run-off-road and head-on crashes.

We’re returning to complete installation of flexible safety barriers on the left-hand side and centre median of the Western Freeway at Paynes Road intersection in Rockbank.

Crews will be on-site on weeknights from 8pm to 5am and weekdays from 8am to 5pm, from 18 October to 30 November 2020.

What this means for you 

While these safety upgrades are being delivered, we’ll reduce the speed limit to 40km/h near the work zone and have traffic controllers on-site to help you move safely through the area.

Access to residential properties and businesses will be maintained at all times.

Please keep an eye out for changed traffic conditions, drive safely and allow for up to five minutes extra travel time.

What we’re doing

Flexible safety barriers are already in place along sections of the road.

As part of this project we’re installing additional flexible safety barriers on the left-hand side and centre of the road in high-risk locations, providing a continuous safer journey for people traveling along this route.

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 centreline 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


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 are being delivered in stages. We started works in September 2017 with works expected to be completed by late 2020, weather permitting.    

Get in touch

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

Email: [email protected]

The Victorian Government, in partnership with TAC, is investing $1.4 billion into road safety infrastructure under Towards Zero(External link), a plan for a future where no one is seriously injured or killed on our roads.

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