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 - June 2017

We’ve started work on a new bridge for the shared use of pedestrians and cyclists, and new entry and exit ramps to the Western Freeway at Halletts Way.

About the projects

The projects we’re working on include:

Halletts Way upgrade 

New east-facing entry and exit ramps on the Western Freeway at Halletts Way and a new shared user path bridge for pedestrians and cyclists alongside Halletts Way over the Western Freeway.

Read more about the Halletts Way upgrade here.

Gisborne Road/Western Freeway interchange upgrade 

Construction of additional traffic lanes and installation of traffic lights at the Gisborne Road and Holts Lane intersection. A slip lane to connect traffic to the Western Freeway Melbourne-bound entry ramp will also be constructed to ease congestion along Gisborne Road.

Note that the team for this project is being formed and we'll provide contact details on this page soon.

Eastern Link Road planning study

Undertake a planning study for an Eastern Link Road to address future urban growth and congestion through the heart of town.

The planning study will investigate potential impacts a north-south link will have in the area, identify a route and seek approvals so land can eventually be integrated into the Moorabool Planning Scheme.

Note that the team for this project is being formed and we'll provide contact details on this page soon.


Once completed, these projects will:
  • increase safety, improve traffic flow and reduce congestion in Bacchus Marsh
  • improve connectivity from Bacchus Marsh CBD to Melbourne
  • improve connectivity for pedestrians and cyclists around Bacchus Marsh

Hallets Way upgrade

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

Community involvement

If you would like to meet the project team, see plans of the project or find out more, we invite you to attend our upcoming community drop-in session.

When:  Wednesday 28 June 2017, 2pm-7pm
Where: Pentland Primary School gymnasium, 164 Halletts Way, Bacchus Marsh

To keep everyone informed about what’s coming up on the project, we’ll issue regular Information Updates via email.  To join our e-news distribution list, please email [email protected]

What happens next?

Our contractor Cut & Fill will undertake the Halletts Way works and have set up a site compound near the construction area. Construction will be in these stages.

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.

In Stage 1, as we build the new pedestrian/cycling bridge, we will need to reduce speeds and close lanes on the Western Freeway when works are close to the road. We 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.

Contact us

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

Hallets 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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