Geelong-Bacchus Marsh Road

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

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The Victorian Government is investing $1.4 billion to implement Towards Zero, a plan to achieve fewer than 200 deaths by 2020 and reduce serious injury by 15% on Victoria’s roads.

Community drop-in sessions – September 2018

You’re invited to one of our community drop-in sessions, to meet the project team and find out how we’ve incorporated your feedback into the final plans for Geelong-Bacchus Marsh Road.

Community Information Session – Balliang East: 

When: Tuesday 4 September, between 4:30 and 7:30pm
Where: Balliang East Soldiers Memorial Hall, Geelong-Bacchus Marsh and Davis Roads, Balliang East

Community Information Session – Lara: 

When: Wednesday 12 September between 4:30 and 7:30pm
Where: Lara Bowls Club, 8/10 Alkara Ave, Lara

We'd like to thank the community members who shared their valuable feedback, which helped us develop these plans.  

Update - August 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 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 risk 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 flexible safety barriers
  • installing left and right-hand turning lanes at Carrs Road, a southbound left-hand turning lane and implementing a proposed safer speed of 80km/h at Granite Road.
  • installing rumble strips to the left-hand side and centreline to alert drivers if their vehicle is beginning to leave their lane.

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

Traffic impacts

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.

What happens next?

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.



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 on 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.


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 in ways that suit local road conditions.

Get in touch

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

Email: [email protected]
Phone:  0459 861 177

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