Bacchus Marsh traffic improvements

The Bacchus Marsh Traffic Improvements Package will improve traffic flow and road safety between Bacchus Marsh and the Western Freeway.

Project update - February 2018

To ensure the safety of the community and our construction workers, pedestrian access on the existing Hallett’s Way bridge will be closed. This will be until the completion of the new shared user bridge, which we expect to be opened in June 2018.

About the projects

The projects we’re working on include:

About the project

The Australian and Victorian governments have invested $12.8 million to provide the Bacchus Marsh community with new entry and exit ramps at Halletts Way.

The upgrade will improve pedestrian and cycling safety, with a new, separate shared use bridge over the Western Freeway to form part of the eventual north-south path for cyclists and pedestrians.

In 2016, we asked the community for feedback on the Halletts Way upgrade. Feedback was used to inform the project design and we’ve made the following changes as a result:

  • To protect nearby residents, we will install a noise wall between houses and the southern side of the freeway exit ramp;
  • To manage traffic flow effectively, we will install traffic lights at the intersections of the two freeway ramps and Halletts Way; and 
  • To improve amenity, we’ll add architectural panelling to the new pedestrian/cycling bridge.


This upgrade is a vital step toward ensuring Bacchus Marsh has the infrastructure it needs to support a booming local community and recognises that increasing numbers of local people are commuting or travelling to Melbourne and Ballarat regularly.

Once complete, the Halletts Way upgrade will have numerous benefits for Bacchus Marsh residents, including:

  • improve traffic flow
  • relieve pressure on existing roads
  • create a new, direct and convenient way for residents and businesses to access the Western Freeway
  • reduce travel times
  • reduce congestion
  • improve cycling and walking options

Construction Impacts

During construction, we’ll focus on keeping disruption to a minimum, however, impacts are sometimes an unavoidable part of construction.

When there will be impacts, we will provide directly impacted residents and road users, with information and advanced notification.

To ensure the safety of the community and our construction workers, pedestrian access on the existing bridge will be closed during some periods of construction. We will work to minimise the disruption and will keep you informed and will provide notice via on-road signage before and during the works.

We encourage any member of the community who is concerned by any impact to bring it to our attention immediately.


About the project

The rapid population growth of Bacchus Marsh has resulted in  an increased number of vehicles using the Gisborne Road/Holts Lane intersection. To ease congestion at this important access point to the Western Freeway, the Victorian  Government has allocated  $2.5 million to upgrade the intersection and Melbourne-bound on ramp. The upgrade will involve: 

  • Creation of additional lanes on Gisborne Road at the intersection of Holts Lane to increase volume and capacity
  • A dedicated lane for southbound traffic to access the Western Freeway
  • Permanently closing access to Holts Lane from the Gisborne Road service road to improve traffic flow and safety
  • Widening of existing footpaths and the addition of a new pedestrian link in the north-western corner of the intersection
  • Construction of a new traffic island on Holts Lane, east of Gisborne Road, to improve safety and reduce traffic speeds

Feedback from the community on our draft designs contributed some changes, including the retention of pedestrian crossing facilities south of Holts Lane and improvements to the layout of the service road access.

An information session was held in Darley on 8 February, 2018, to show residents the design concepts and discuss the impacts of construction works.

Work is due to commence in late February/early and March will run through to June 2018.

More information:

Email:  [email protected]

Gisborne Road and Holts Lane Interchange Improvements map

view a larger version of the Gisborne Road and Holts Lane intersection improvements map [PDF 113Kb]

Community involvement

Thank you for joining in the discussion about the Bacchus Marsh Traffic Improvements online and at our recent community session. We’ll be taking all of your feedback on board and will report back to you in the coming weeks.

Contact us

Call: 1300 779 642
Email[email protected]
Write: VicRoads, Western Highway Project Office, 237 Ring Road, Wendouree, VIC 3355

Halletts Way
Milestone Title Milestone Description
Milestone Status (Completed/Current/Upcoming
Stage 1
June - Sept 2017 -
Start of construction of the new pedestrian/cycling bridge on the western side of existing bridge
Stage 2
Sept 2017- late 2018 -
Start construction of entry and exit ramps
Install exit ramp noise walls, street lighting and traffic lights
Stage 3
Late 2018 - 
Completion of works

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