Midland Highway, Ballarat - Creswick safety improvements

We’re improving safety along the Midland Highway, between Ballarat and Creswick as part of Towards Zero.

The State Government is investing $1.1 billion into Towards Zero, a plan to reduce Victoria’s road toll to fewer than 200 deaths by 2020 and reduce serious injuries by 15%.

Project update

Existing barrier works

We’’ll be working to upgrade the existing safety barriers on the side of the road, south of the railway line heading towards Ballarat.

Our works will occur from Monday 22 January for three weeks. Construction hours will be 7am to 6pm Monday to Friday.

Traffic management will be in place to safely guide road users through our works and we advise to allow extra time to your travel.

Project background

The Midland Highway between Ballarat and Creswick has been identified as one of Victoria’s top 20 highest risk rural roads.

In the five years up to December 2015, there have been 19 crashes along this 11 kilometre section of road. Three people tragically lost their lives, and 10 people have been seriously injured.

Most of these crashes occurred when a car ran off the road, while two occurred when drivers were attempting U-turns.

Road safety improvements proposed for the Midland Highway are being designed and delivered in stages. Even though early works began in Invermay Park in September, our designs for the remaining stages are still being developed with the help of community feedback to help the design development process.

Road Safety Improvements

The safety improvements we’re making include:

  • new flexible safety barriers to the left hand side of the road at high risk locations to reduce run off road crashes
  • widening the centre median strip and new flexible barriers along the centre line to reduce head-on crashes
  • installing rumble strip line marking to alert drivers if they wander off the road.

Community Involvement

Since October 2016, VicRoads has engaged with communities who use and live along Midland Highway - Ballarat to Creswick, encouraging them to share their thoughts, ideas and concerns.

We'd like to thank local communities along Midland Highway – Ballarat to Creswick - for their valuable feedback on social media, and at our past information session.

We’ll continue to keep you updated with our designs and safety improvements, including any construction activities like timing, location, changes to road conditions or traffic delays.

Contact us

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

Email: [email protected]

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