Sturt Street West Improvements

We are investigating ways to make travel better between Ballarat’s CBD and the growing western suburbs.

A key area of these investigations is Sturt Street West

Project update - April 2018

In consultation with the City of Ballarat, Public Transport Victoria, local schools and businesses, we’ve come up with some preferred  options to improve Sturt Street.

Our feedback confirmed the community sees the following areas as priority:

  • Ballarat Clarendon College/ St Patrick's College precinct
  • Sturt Street/ Russell Street intersection
  • Longley Street/ Ballarat High School precinct
  • Arch of Victory/ Cuthberts Road precinct 
  • Access from the two service roads onto Sturt Street

The proposed improvements will make journeys more efficient for drivers along this busy road and provide safer options for pedestrians in the school, Victoria Park and Arch of Victory precincts.

Project background

The Ballarat West growth area will be home to more than  40,000 people by 2036, with the city’s population set to increase by 36 per cent to 145,000 by then. An improved Sturt Street will support this growth and make the road safer and more reliable for people travelling to work, school and other activities.

A Sturt Street West Efficiency and Safety Report identified areas where safety and efficiency needs are not being met. The report also developed options to improve the road.

The report identified the following areas as priority:

  • Ballarat Clarendon College/ St Patrick’s College precinct
  • Sturt Street/ Russell Street intersection
  • Longley Street/ Ballarat High School precinct
  • Arch of Victory/ Cuthberts Road precinct

This report formed the basis of discussions with key stakeholders in the area, as well as the broader community.

Community involvement

We worked closely with key community stakeholders, including the City of Ballarat, Transport for Victoria and local residents, schools and businesses to investigate ways to make Sturt Street West work better for all road users. We undertook a number of engagement initiatives to understand their experiences, existing issues and preferences for the future of the Sturt Street West corridor.

A combination of stakeholder and online engagement saw more than 1200 people log onto to our Engage VicRoads website, with 114 comments and 520 votes cast for various improvement options.

You can read more about the feedback we received in the Community Consultation Summary, March 2018 [PDF 154 Kb].

What happens next?

The feedback gathered was used to support the development of a business case, which the Victorian Government will use to assess the project for funding against other projects around the state.  

Contact us

Call:     (03) 5333 8738 
Write:  Sturt Street West Improvements, PO Box 580, Ballarat, Vic 3353

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