The Western Highway Duplication is a jointly funded project by the Victorian and Australian governments to meet the demands of a growing population.

The Western Highway is the major road link between Melbourne and Adelaide. Farming, grain production, regional tourism and a range of manufacturing services rely heavily on this highway.

More than 6000 vehicles travel the Western Highway west of Ballarat each day, including 1500 trucks. This traffic is expected to double by 2025.

In the ten years to January 2022, there have been 156 crashes on the Western Highway between Ballarat and Stawell, including 17 fatalities, and 93 people seriously injured, it is vital for the safety of the community that this road is duplicated.

We’ve been upgrading the highway between Burrumbeet and Stawell since 2013 and to date, 55km of highway has been duplicated between Ballarat and Buangor.


Map showing the stages and locations of the upgrades to the Western Highway

View a larger version of the Western Highway duplication project overview map (PDF, 276.3 KB)