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 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 - June 2017

We recently undertook planning and consultation work to upgrade the 12.2km section between Little River Ripley Road and Ballan Road. 

Thanks to a total investment of $45 million, we're now able to make improvements to 41km of road between Heales Road and Woolpack Road.

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.

This valuable feedback will help inform our final design and construction program. We look forward to continuing to work closely with the community to learn from your local knowledge, and to minimise and manage impacts as much as possible.

Project background

Geelong – Bacchus Marsh Road is one of the highest risk roads in the state, with 25 serious crashes taking place in the last five years alone on a 41km stretch between Heales Road, Lara and Woolpack Road, Bacchus Marsh. Tragically, seven people lost their lives as a result of these crashes, with a further 30 receiving serious injuries.

Nearly half of these crashes were a result of vehicles crossing the centre-line of the road, including those which resulted in four of the five fatalities. 

As a result, this has been identified as one of twenty high-risk roads in the Towards Zero Road Safety Strategy and Action Plan , which is seeing $340 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?

We'll look at your feedback and use this to help inform the final design.

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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