Midland Highway, Geelong-Meredith

We’re planning for improvements to reduce congestion and traffic delays and improve efficiency for freight.

Project background

The Midland Highway is an important route for traffic and freight movements between Ballarat and Geelong, and from the northwest to the Port of Geelong and to Melbourne. It’s also a key route for agricultural industries to get their goods to market. 

Significant residential growth has also occurred in recent years in the Golden Plains Shire. The population of Bannockburn and surrounding districts increased by 39.3% between 2001 and 2006, and by 2021 it is expected to be 12,260 (Source: Bannockburn Town Centre Investment Strategy).

Project update - January 2017

Local residents have helped shape the locations of the Midland Highway overtaking lanes, with feedback directly incorporated into the decisions and designs which will soon be released to tenderers.

After extensive community consultation, the lanes will be constructed at locations two locations between Bannockburn and Lethbridge and two between Bannockburn and Meredith.

See Midland Hwy overtaking lanes map [PDF 99Kb]

Project details

What will be constructed?

  • Two new overtaking lanes between Bannockburn and Lethbridge and two between Lethbridge and Meredith
  • Wire rope safety barrier up the centre of the overtaking lanes, with openings for property access
  • Sealing a three metre left turn shoulder and a three metre wide and 60 metre long right turn slip lane at Scanlons Road 

Project benefits

  • More pleasant, predictable and less stressful journeys
  • Reduced transport costs for movement of regional and export orientated goods through reduced vehicle operating costs, reduced travel  time and, improved ride quality
  • Reduced road crashes.

Community consultation

We contacted all the residents who live along this stretch of the Midland Highway and asked for their feedback. We also spoke to many other locals and businesses who use the road.

Here is how we used your feedback.

What you wanted What we did

Overtaking lanes at two locations between Bannockburn and Lethbridge,
and two between Bannockburn and Meredith.

The lanes will be constructed at these locations.
Concerns that B-Double trucks would not be able to exit from the driveways because there will be wire rope safety barrier in the centre median. We’ve changed our design to increase the width of existing driveways. We’ve done extra computer modelling to ensure that the trucks can exit and re-enter the traffic lanes.
Scanlons Road is used regularly by heavy vehicles and requires upgrades. We’re going to seal a three metre left turn shoulder and provide a three metre wide and 60 metre long right turn slip lane at this location.

Environmental impacts

Unfortunately, due to the proximity of the existing vegetation to the road, we must remove trees along the route.

We will only remove trees located within the area needed to build the new road or could be a potential hazard in the future.

VicRoads has been working closely with Landcare, the Golden Plains Shire, the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning and environmental experts to ensure that we do everything we can to preserve the natural environment.

Motorists will notice a change to the landscape.

We are committed to replanting some trees, however the number and location has not yet been finalised.

Project background

There have been a number of crashes on the Midland Highway in recent years; a large percentage of which have involved a vehicle crossing the centreline and crashing into an oncoming vehicle, or alternatively, rear ending other vehicles.

The benefits of these works include a more pleasant, predictable and less stressful journey, reduced transport costs for movement of regional and export orientated goods through reduced vehicle operating costs, reduced travel  time and, improved ride quality and reduced road crashes.

Map - Midland Highway, Bannockburn To Meredith - vehicle crashes 2011 -2015 - October 2016
View larger version of the Midland Highway, Bannockburn To Meredith - vehicle crashes 2011 -2015 - October 2016 [JPG 148 Kb]

Contact us

Call:     5225 2516

Email:  [email protected]

 

Project update – March 2017

We recently awarded WSP Parsons Brinckerhoff the $670,000 contract to undertake a Planning Study to investigate upgrade options for the Midland Highway. The study will assess ways to improve safety, ease delays, and improve efficiency for freight.

Project details

The Federal and Victorian Governments have committed $2 million to plan for upgrades and improvements to the Midland Highway between Shelford-Bannockburn Road, Bannockburn to Geelong Ring Road (Princes Freeway), Geelong.

The Planning Study will assess the safety, transport, land use and economic benefits of the project, as well as any social or environmental impacts.

We’ll work with local communities and businesses to develop options that suit their future needs, as well as tourists and the freight industry. Consultation is an essential part of this process and helps us to understand what is important to communities and road users. 

The study is expected to be completed in 2018.

Midland Highway Duplication Planning Investigation map

View a larger version Midland Highway Duplication Planning Investigation map [JPG 184Kb]

Dates Stage Description
Late 2016 Issues identification An investigation looking at the overall land and road use in the area
Early 2017 Options indentification
Specialist studies and development of alignment options
Late 2017 Development and evaluation of short-listed options
Completing the functional designs and consulting with the community and stakeholders to minimise impacts on the surrounding areas. 

Undertaking additional investigations to update the impacts and benefits of the Preferred Option on utility services, transport operations, regional economy, environment - including biodiversity and the community. 
Early 2018 Final business case The business case will be submitted to Government for future funding consideration

Have your say

We acknowledge that major projects impact on the community. We will continue to work closely with the community to learn from your local knowledge and to minimise and manage impacts as much as possible. 

We're inviting our community and stakeholders to provide feedback at key stages throughout the planning process.

Our first drop-in information session is being held on Wednesday 22 March, between 3:00pm -7:00pm, at the Bell Park Sports Club (10 Lynnburn Road, Batesford). Please come and find out more, give us your feedback or ask any questions you might have about the Midland Highway.

If you can’t make it to the drop-in session, you can still actively participate by providing feedback on engagevicroads (External link) from Wednesday 15 March 2017.

Contact us 

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

Call:    5225 2596
Email: [email protected]

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