Sturt & Mair Streets, Ballarat

We’re looking at how we can improve traffic flow, ease congestion and improve walking and cycling options on Sturt and Mair Streets, to give the infrastructure Ballarat needs to grow.

Project update – August 2017

To make sure we get the design for the future Mair St right, we’ve been working closely with the community, the City of Ballarat and transport experts  to come up with proposed plans. 

You're invited to come along and view these designs, watch an animation of the future Mair St and tell us what you think. 

Visit our Lydiard Street Pop-Up Shop

Where: 112 Lydiard Street North
When:  Thursday 3 August to Saturday 12 August, 2017 (Closed Sunday)
Time:   10am – 2pm

Provide your feedback online

Visit our interactive site at engageVicRoads to tell us what you think of our plans.

This site will be open until 24th August 2017 at 5pm

Future of Mair Street video

Project background

Sturt and Mair Streets are a big part of central Ballarat. Sturt Street links the central business district (CBD) with Lake Wendouree and connects premiere eating, dining and entertainment areas. Mair Street is a major traffic route around the CBD and has many stores, businesses and schools. 

Improving Sturt and Mair Streets will support the economic and population growth of Ballarat for years to come. This project is an important part of the City of Ballarat’s CBD Strategy: Making Ballarat Central (2010) [PDF] (External link) (PDF)

The intersections along Sturt Street account for 10 of the 20 crash hot spots in Western Victoria. It’s clear that these intersections must be made safer. The traffic flow along Mair Street also needs to be improved, along with better crossing facilities and parking. 

As Ballarat grows, we need to make sure these two vital streets work for everyone.

About the project

Revitalising Mair Street will:

  • Improve traffic flow with two lanes in each direction
  • Improve safety by upgrading intersections and installing traffic lights, 
  • Ease congestion by synchronising traffic lights to let more traffic through
  • Improve safety for pedestrians with safer crossing points and lights
  • Encourage cycling by introducing safer, designated bike lanes
  • Create a tree line boulevard

Community involvement

Over two weekends in October & November 2016, 34 members of the Ballarat community participated in in-depth co-design workshops with VicRoads, the City of Ballarat and transport experts to identify issues and opportunities for Sturt Street and Mair Street.

We thank this Citizen Advisory Group for their hard work and contributions to this important project.

The key opportunities identified and investigated by the Citizen Advisory Group were:

  • Review the number and type of road crossings on Sturt Street, between Pleasant and Dawson streets;
  • Make Mair Street two lanes in each direction east of Lydiard Street and replace the roundabout at Grenville Street with traffic lights to ease congestion;
  • Plant trees along Mair Street to make it a more attractive tree-lined boulevard;
  • Install dedicated infrastructure for cyclists and pedestrians to improve their safety; and
  • Synchronise traffic signals for smoother traffic flow and easier crossing for pedestrians.

What happens next?

VicRoads has consolidated all the feedback from the Citizen Advisory Group and developed proposed plans to redevelop Mair Street. 

We are now seeking community feedback on these plans and invite all community members to have their say online or at our pop-up shop.

Contact us 

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

Call: (03) 5333 8738 
Email: [email protected] 
Write: Sturt and Mair Streets, PO Box 580, Ballarat, Vic 3353

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