Midland Highway, Ballarat - Creswick safety improvements

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

Update - July 2018

We are currently widening road shoulders between Rose Hill Road and Pistol Club Road from 7am to 4pm Monday to Friday. 

Traffic will be reduced to one lane in both directions with a temporary speed limit of 40km/h during works to protect both workers and roads users. If you’re travelling through the area, keep an eye out for changes to traffic conditions, plan-ahead and allow more time.

Traffic management will be in place to safely guide road users through the works between 9am and 3pm Monday to Friday. We will make every effort to minimise impacts to residents, drivers and the environment during this important road safety project. Works are expected to be complete by late July – subject to weather.

Works between the railway crossing and Jubilee Road will then commence. 

We will be widening and sealing the road shoulders and installing flexible safety barriers on the left-hand side of the road to prevent vehicles running off the road.

Temporary variable message signs have been installed to warn motorists of the possibility of black ice while we undertake testing this winter, in advance of installing new permanent ice warning signs.

Overview

The Victorian Government is investing an additional $2.5 million to provide safer access at the Western Freeway interchange on the Midland Highway, with the delivery of a new roundabout.  

Background

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

In the five-year period from December 2010 to December 2015, there were 19 crashes on this road, which resulted in three people tragically losing their lives and 10 people being seriously injured. A crash at the Midland Highway and Western Highway interchange in November 2017 resulted in another tragic death.  

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

Following a fatal crash in November 2017, we’ve been investigating options to improve safety at the busy intersection of the Midland Highway and Western Freeway entry and exit ramps.  

The new roundabout will be constructed between September 2018 and April 2019. 

Details

To make the Midland Highway safer, we’re:

  • installing a new roundabout at the northern side of the Western Highway and Midland Highway interchange at Mount Rowan to improve the safety at this intersection
  • installing a roundabout at the intersection of Midland Highway and Kennedys Road to slow traffic and reduce the risk and severity of collisions
  • installing left-hand side flexible safety barriers at high-risk locations from the Western Freeway to Jubilee Road, to reduce the risk and severity of run-off road crashes
  • applying wide centreline markings from the Western Freeway to Jubilee Road, to provide a safer distance between vehicles travelling in opposite directions 
  • installing rumble strips, from the Western Freeway to Jubilee Road, to alert drivers if they are veering from their lane
  • installing a safer ice detection system to warn drivers of black ice 
  • widening and sealing road shoulders to enable drivers leaving the road to safely stop or steer back onto the Highway, from the Western Freeway to Jubilee Road
  • improving safety at the intersections of Midland Highway and Cummins Road, Olliers Road and Millers Road, Pistol Club Road and Sulky Road. 

Benefits

Roundabouts are one of the safest types of intersections, as they help slow down approaching vehicles and direct traffic in the one direction, reducing the risk and severity of collisions.

Get in touch

For more information about this project, please get in touch.
Email: [email protected] 
Phone: 0459 861 177

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