The Australian and Victorian governments have allocated $9.7 million to improve safety at two Bannockburn intersections: Midland Highway and Clyde Road, and Shelford-Bannockburn Road, Kelly Road and Clyde Road.

Update - April 2021

From late April crews will start building the new roundabout where Clyde and Kelly Roads meet Shelford-Bannockburn Road (Geelong Road). Construction is expected to take six months to complete, weather permitting.

Bannockburn roundabouts

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To make room for the safer intersection, two non-Indigenous sugar gum trees will need to be removed at the intersection, and a third Kelly Road tree will be significantly cut back due to poor tree health. 

We share the value the Bannockburn community places on the environment. Our project team has worked hard to develop a design that retains as many trees as possible. We have considered advice from independent ecologists and arborists through the design phase, and feedback from the community.

We have also been working closely with local environmental groups including Friends of Bannockburn Bush, Landcare and the Corangamite Catchment Management Authority (CCMA), as well as Golden Plains Shire to repurpose and reuse timber from the trees. The CCMA will create in-stream snags and ‘fish hotels’ to promote aquatic habitat in the Barwon River.

We’re also working with Golden Plains Shire on landscaping options at the intersection, and we will work with local environmental groups to identify future replanting opportunities.

Planting tree in Bannockburn

Replanting in Golden Plains Shire

While works are underway, access will be maintained to homes and businesses within the works area, and crews will make every effort to minimise disruption to traffic, businesses, and residents. We encourage you to continue to support your local businesses during this time by following the signed detours.

If you would like to receive regular updates on the Bannockburn projects, please email: BannockburnProjects@roads.vic.gov.au 

Construction of the new roundabout at the intersection of Midland Highway and Clyde Road will start later in 2021.

Traffic management

Throughout construction, our crews will be on site Monday to Friday. One lane may be closed in either direction during these times for the safety of our workers. 

During the first stage of construction, Kelly Road will be closed at the intersection with Geelong Road. This will enable us to build the roundabout more quickly and reduce impact to traffic on Geelong Road. 

To access Kelly Road from Geelong Road, drivers should take Gillett Street or access Kelly Road from the Midland Highway. We expect Kelly Road to be closed until mid-2021, however this may need to be extended subject to the suitability of road building conditions over the winter months.

Our on-site messaging signs will provide you with the latest changed traffic information.

If you’re traveling through the area, keep an eye out for changed traffic conditions, drive safely, and allow for up to five minutes extra travel time. 

Background

Research shows that roundabouts can reduce fatal and serious injury crashes at intersections by up to 85 per cent. 

The community has told us safety upgrades at these intersections is important. 

These roads are also significant freight routes between Geelong, Ballarat, and Western Victoria, serving as a key road for people working in the agricultural industries to get their goods to market. 

The town of Bannockburn and surrounding areas are growing, with the Golden Plains Shire’s population projected to increase by at least 7000 people by 2031.

Project funding

The Australian and Victorian Governments have jointly invested $525 million to deliver shovel-ready infrastructure projects and urgent road safety upgrades.

The construction of a new roundabout at the busy intersection of the Midland Highway and Clyde Road in Bannockburn is one of these projects. We will keep you updated as we prepare to deliver this upgrade in late 2021.

This $6.5 million project will improve safety and ensure the intersection can cater to increasing traffic volumes as the Golden Plains Shire grows. This project has also received funding from the TAC.

Get in touch

If you have any questions about this project you can reach out to us via BannockburnProjects@roads.vic.gov.au