Geelong-Bacchus Marsh Road

We’re improving safety along Geelong-Bacchus Marsh Road between Lara and Maddingley, as part of Towards Zero.

The State Government is investing $1.3 billion into Towards Zero, as plan to achieve fewer than 200 deaths by 2020 and reduce serious injuries by 15% on Victoria’s roads.

Project update - June 2018

We’re improving safety on Geelong-Bacchus Marsh Road in stages. Stage one of the works includes the below improvements between Heales Road, Lara and Little River-Ripley Road, Balliang:

  • installing wide centreline markings to help ensure a safe distance between vehicles travelling in opposite directions and help prevent head on collisions
  • installing a roundabout at the intersection of Geelong-Bacchus Marsh Road and Elcho Road to help slow traffic to safe speeds and reduce the likelihood and severity of crashes
  • adding overtaking lanes in both directions between Peak School Road and Carrs Road
  • widening shoulders to prepare for the installation of left-hand side and centreline flexible safety barriers to reduce the severity of run off road crashes and help prevent head-on crashes
  • installing left and right-hand turning lanes at Carrs Road and a southbound left-hand turning lane and speed reduction to 80km/h from 100km/h at Granite Road
  • applying audio tactile line markings, otherwise known as rumble strips, to the left-hand side and centreline to alert drivers when their vehicle is beginning to leave their lane 

smaller map of Geelong-bacchus marsh Road Stage One Safety Improvements 

View a larger version of Geelong-Bacchus Marsh Road Stage One Safety Improvements map [PDF 79Kb]

Timing of works

Stage one of the works on Geelong-Bacchus Marsh Road between Heales Road, Lara and Little River Ripley Road, Balliang are expected to commence late 2018.

The next stages of works are still in the design and development phase, which is considering potential infrastructure on Geelong-Bacchus Marsh Road from Little River Ripley Road, Balliang to Woolpack Road, Maddingley.

Impacts of this work

During construction, lane closures and speed limit reductions may be in place at times to protect both workers and drivers. Detours may also be in place during construction north of Peak School Road.

If you’re travelling through the area during works, keep an eye out for changes to traffic conditions, plan ahead and allow more time.

Project background

Geelong-Bacchus Marsh Road between Lara and Maddingley has been identified as one of Victoria’s highest risk rural roads.

This stretch of road has seen 13 serious crashes in the five-year period from December 2011 to December 2016. Tragically, six people lost their lives and a further 32 sustained serious injuries as a result of these crashes. The main types of crashes on this road are head-on and run-off road crashes, with five of six fatalities occurring from a driver crossing the road’s centreline onto the wrong side of the road.

Geelong-Bacchus Marsh Road is currently a single lane in both directions, with no safe overtaking opportunities. It operates as the freight route between the Port of Geelong and Western Victoria and also connects the growing town of Lara with Geelong.


The safety improvements to Geelong-Bacchus Marsh Road will:

  • reduce the risk and severity of head-on crashes
  • reduce road trauma 
  • reduce the risk and severity of intersection crashes 
  • cater for growth along the corridor
  • improve access to local communities and businesses.

Community & stakeholder involvement 

We are proud of our commitment to the environment and cultural heritage. We work closely with the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) and the Wathaurung Aboriginal Corporation (WAC) to minimise environmental impacts and preserve the integrity of culturally sensitive sites.

Our updated designs have considered feedback received from the community at previous engagement sessions, whilst also prioritising the safety treatments in areas with a history of severe crashes. 

Some of the common suggestions we’ve heard so far include:

  • improving road shoulders
  • introducing new speed zones
  • improving safety at intersections and property access points
  • encouraging motorists to drive to suit local road conditions.

Contact us

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

Email: [email protected]
Phone:  0459 861 177

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