Midland Highway Safety Improvements  - Castlemaine to Harcourt

We’re currently investigating ways to improve the safety and traffic movement on the Midland Highway between Castlemaine and Harcourt. To help us develop a business case, we’re inviting the community to provide their feedback and ideas. 

Project background

We’re looking at ways to improve journeys for this important connecting route between Castlemaine and surrounding towns for commuters, cyclists and commercial traffic. 

The Midland Highway presently carries more than 10,000 vehicles per day, which is expected to increase due to growing travel demand between Castlemaine and Bendigo, as well as additional freight movement across Victoria.

This planning study will focus on a 5.5 kilometre stretch of highway between Castlemaine and Harcourt that has a lack of designated turning lanes at intersections. This has been a key contributing factor to crashes on this route, which has seen 17 crashes in the past five years, 10 of these rear-end collisions.

About the project

We’re developing a business case to seek funding to improve safety and traffic movement on the Midland Highway between Downes Road, Castlemaine and the Calder Freeway interchange west of Harcourt. Potential solutions include:

  • Upgrades to improve turning safety and efficient vehicle movement at VicRoads 
  • Changes to commercial access
  • Improvements to visibility at intersections.

There are treatments that are not practical for this upgrade, due to the limitations created by Barkers Creek and the Bendigo-Castlemaine railway line in close proximity to either side of the road and the rural nature of the highway. As such the following options are not being considered – roundabouts; traffic signals; overtaking lanes; or duplication of the road.

The Midland Highway (Castlemaine to Harcourt) planning study is funded through the Victorian State government $21 million Planning our Future program which aims to investigate options for improvements to road infrastructure to best support Victoria’s growing regional communities.


If funded, the project would:

  • Increase safety, improve traffic flow and reduce congestion on this section of the Midland Highway
  • Improve the operation of the Midland Highway as a whole
  • Improve efficiency for freight vehicles
  • Improve local access to the Calder Freeway.

Community involvement 

If you live, work, visit or travel on this route, we want your feedback to help us prepare the business case. Find out more about our proposed solutions and share your thoughts at a community drop-in session or have your say online (External link).

Community drop-in session

Drop in any time during our consultation session to learn more about the proposed safety solutions, and give your feedback so we can better understand your concerns.

When:  Wednesday 13 September
Time:    3:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Where: Harcourt Leisure Centre, Binghams Road, Harcourt

What happens next?

We’ll incorporate community feedback into a business case to be presented to the Government in late 2017. 

Contact us

If you'd like more information or have any questions, please get in touch.

Email: [email protected]

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