Geelong Bacchus Marsh Road Safety Improvements

The Bacchus Marsh Traffic Improvements Package will improve traffic flow and road safety between Bacchus Marsh and the Western Freeway.

Geelong-Bacchus Marsh Road between Lara and Maddingley has been identified as one of Victoria’s top 20 highest risk rural road segments.

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 - September 2017

Early works scheduled for September 2017

We have committed to commence delivering road safety improvements on Geelong-Bacchus Marsh Road from late September 2017 for approximately eight months.

Location of early work

Work to upgrade existing flexible safety barriers along Geelong-Bacchus Marsh Road will be carried out between Granite Road and Little River Ripley Road, and also near Carrs Road, Balliang.

Impact of this work

To ensure the safety of road users and workers, temporary changes to traffic conditions will be implemented and you may experience minor travel delays. 

What about the rest of the road?

A range of road safety treatments are planned along the 41 kilometre section of Geelong-Bacchus Marsh Road between Lara and Maddingley.

These road safety improvements are being designed and delivered in stages. This means that despite early works commencing along the roadway in Balliang in September, our designs for the remaining stages are still being developed and community feedback is still being used to inform design development.

Project background

Geelong-Bacchus Marsh Road between Lara and Maddingley has been identified as one of Victoria’s top 20 highest risk rural road segments.

This stretch of road has seen 13 serious crashes in a five year period ending December 2016. Tragically, six people have lost their lives and a further 32 have sustained serious injuries as a result of these crashes.

The road comprises a single lane in both the north and south bound direction with no formal overtaking opportunities. It operates as the freight route between the Port of Geelong and Western Victoria and also services motorists between the growing town of Lara and Geelong.

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

As a result, this rural road segment 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

A range of road safety treatments are planned along the 41 kilometre section of Geelong-Bacchus Marsh Road between Lara and Maddingley.

These road safety improvements are being designed and delivered in stages. This means that despite early works commencing along the roadway in Balliang in September, our designs for the remaining stages are still being developed and community feedback is still being used to inform design development.

We welcome your thoughts on our plans to deliver:

  • Flexible safety barrier to the centreline to maintain 100 km/h speed limits.
  • Flexible safety barriers along the edgeline at high risk locations.
  • Improvements to high risk intersections.
  • Audio tactile line marking (rumble strips) to the edge and centreline.
  • Overtaking lanes where appropriate.
  • Widening of traffic lanes and road shoulders

Benefits

These improvements will:

  • reduce the risk and severity of intersection crashes if they occur
  • reduce head-on and crossing centre-line crashes
  • reduce road trauma
  • cater for growth along the corridor
  • improve access and safety through upgraded intersections

Community Involvment

VicRoads is proud of its 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.

Planning and design development are continuing. Your views on how you believe we can best deliver our proposed road safety improvements to Geelong-Bacchus Marsh Road are important. 

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.

What happens next?

We promise to keep you informed as we gather information from the community and our designs progress. 

We will share updates with you including the timing, location and impacts of construction as well as any changes to road conditions or delays to traffic. 

Contact us

If you'd like more information or have any questions, please get in touch with Safe System Road Infrastructure Program – Team Grampians

Email: [email protected]
Phone:  0459 861 177

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