Geelong Bacchus Marsh Road Safety Improvements

The Victorian Government has prioritised the Geelong-Bacchus Marsh Road, with a $45 million investment to upgrade safety and save lives as part of Towards Zero.

Towards Zero (External link) is the Victorian Government’s vision for a future free of deaths and serious injuries on our roads. It acknowledges that as humans, we make mistakes. That’s why we need to ensure we have a safe road system in place that protects us from our own mistakes and those of others.

Project update - July 2017

Community involvement

We'd like to thank the local communities along Geelong - Bacchus Marsh Road for their extensive feedback on social media, and at our recent information sessions during May and June.

There is another opportunity to come along to talk to the team about the plans for this road:

Date:        Wednesday 2 August, 2017
Time:        2:30pm to 6:00pm
Location:  Balliang East Soldiers Memorial Hall

Project background

Geelong – Bacchus Marsh Road is one of the highest risk roads in the state, Over the past five years (ending December 2016), six people have lost their lives and a further 32 people have been seriously injured on Geelong-Bacchus Marsh Road. 

Five of the six fatalities occurred when a vehicle crossed the road's centre line. The main crash types on this road are head-on and run-off-road crashes. 

As a result, this has been identified as one of twenty high-risk roads in the Towards Zero Road Safety Strategy and Action Plan (External link) , which is seeing $450 million invested into known crash black spots on more than 2,500km of rural and regional roads across the state.

About the project

This project spans the 41km stretch between Heales Road, Lara and Woolpack Road, Bacchus Marsh. It will include:

  • new flexible safety barrier along the middle and sides of the road 
  • new roundabouts at Elcho Road, Ballan Road, Glenmore Road and Parwan Exford Road
  • five new Geelong bound and four new Bacchus Marsh bound overtaking lanes to reduce overtaking risks
  • increased traffic lane and road shoulder widths
  • improvements to key intersections to make them safer


More than half of the serious crashes on Geelong – Bacchus Marsh Road involve vehicles crossing the centre line and running off the road. The new flexible safety barrier will prevent these crashes from occurring.

We'll also be significantly reducing the likelihood of head-on crashes by constructing new overtaking lanes.

Crash hot spots at intersections will be addressed with new roundabouts, which are proven to significantly reduce the severity of crashes as opposed to regular intersections.

What happens next?

Valuable community feedback will help inform our final design and construction program. We look forward to continuing to working closely with the community to learn from your local knowledge, and minimising and managing impacts as much as possible.

Works are expected to start in September 2017.

Contact us

If you'd like more information or have any questions, please get in touch.

Email: [email protected]

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