MASSIVE ROADS BLITZ TO KEEP BALLARAT MOVING

A re-elected Andrews Labor Government will fix some of Ballarat’s worst traffic bottlenecks in a massive blitz of intersection upgrades to get drivers home sooner and safer.

As locals know, there is more traffic coming in and out of the city centre. That’s why Labor will invest $58.6 million to upgrade intersections and keep traffic flowing.

The Andrews Labor Government is already delivering the Mair Street upgrade to improve traffic flow through the heart of the city – but there is more to do.

Labor will upgrade Ballarat’s southern gateway on Albert Street, widening the road from two to four lanes, installing new traffic lights at Hertford Street, building a new dual-carriage roundabout at Docwra Street and upgrading the school crossing for Magpie Primary School.

The congested roundabout at the intersection of Learmonth Street, Ballarat-Carngham Road, Wiltshire Lane and Latrobe Street will be replaced with traffic lights, to improve flow through the intersection.

Traffic lights will also replace the roundabout at the intersection of Wiltshire Lane, Glenelg Highway, Smythes Road and Cherry Flat Road, with new lanes making it safer and easier to access the Delacombe Town Centre.

New lanes will also be added to both the Cuthberts Road and Learmonth Street roundabout and Learmonth Street and Sturt Street roundabout, reducing queuing in peak periods.

At the busy intersection of Gillies Street and Gregory Street, Labor will install traffic lights and link them to the Howitt Street level crossing to improve traffic flow and take the stress out of turning in and out of Gregory Street.

Labor will also improve safety for students and families at Ballarat High School, with upgraded pedestrian crossings. There will be new traffic lights at the intersection of Sturt, Russell and Morrison streets and a new roundabout at the intersection of Dyson Drive and Ballarat-Carngham Road.

While Labor is investing in Ballarat’s road network, the Liberals have made it clear they want to shut down the new Ballarat-based office of Regional Roads Victoria, just like they sacked 450 VicRoads staff when last in government.

Quotes attributable to Premier Daniel Andrews

“No one wants to be stuck in traffic when they could be home with their family instead – that’s why we’re going to fix these congested intersections to keep Ballarat moving.”

“These upgrades will be delivered for Ballarat by our new, Ballarat-based country roads body – because the people who fix country roads should drive on them too.”  

Quote attributable to Minister for Roads and Road Safety Luke Donnellan

“These upgrades will help ease traffic in and around Ballarat and a re-elected Andrews Labor Government will start work immediately.”

Quote attributable to Labor Candidate for Buninyong Michaela Settle

“We’ll fix Albert Street for the families who use it every day. It’ll cut travel times and most importantly it’ll make this stretch of road safer for Magpie’s students.”

Quote attributable to Labor Candidate for Wendouree Juliana Addison

“Ballarat drivers know that it’s getting harder to get in and out of town from our growing suburbs – Labor will upgrade key intersections, fix the bottlenecks and keep our city moving”