Western Highway

Upgrading the Western Highway between Ballarat and Stawell


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.

There have been more than 100 crashes and 11 fatalities on the Western Highway between Ballarat and Stawell in recent years. It is vital for the safety of the community that this upgrade is completed.

Upgrades to the highway between Burrumbeet and Stawell have been taking place since 2013 and to date, 55km of highway has been duplicated between Ballarat and Buangor.

The upgrade will:

  • add an extra lane in each direction between Burrumbeet and Stawell
  • install safety barriers
  • upgrade intersections
  • introduce protected turning lanes
  • build service lanes.

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The Western Highway upgrades are being delivered by Major Road Projects Victoria. Visit the project website for more information.

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