Update - January 2022 

Construction will start from Monday 31 January and take around 10 months to complete, weather permitting.

Early works will see crews prepare the site for duplication works along Albert Street, starting Monday 7 February. Traffic flow will be maintained during this first week of work.

Two-way traffic flow will be maintained along Albert Street during construction, and traffic management will be in place during works, including reduced speed limits, lane closures and detours at times to ensure the safety of all road users.

Travel delays are expected during works, particularly during peak periods. If travelling through this area plan ahead to avoid delays or consider taking an alternative route.

Albert Street duplication works

The first stage of works will see crews install drainage and new pavement along Albert Street as part of the 700-metre duplication of Albert Street between Prince Street and Queen Street.

To minimise disruption to residents, this work will be staged, starting on the eastern side of Albert Street from February to April before switching to the western side from May to July.

General access for residents will be maintained during this work, however, crews will need to temporarily close driveways for around one week to allow installation of drainage, curbing and fresh pavement.

The contractor will work directly with landowners and residents to manage any specific requirements as needed during this phase of work.

Prince Street and Docwra Street closures

This upgrade will require temporary closures of Prince Street and Docwra Street. 

Resident access will be maintained during these closure periods and detours will be in place to allow access from local roads. 

Further information about these closures, including timeframes and detours, will be provided when known.

Design

As part of the detailed planning phase, we’ve worked to strengthen the long-term operation and capacity of this section of road by refining the design to include traffic signals, instead of the previously planned roundabout.

Traffic signals and dedicated pedestrian crossing points will deliver better long-term to improve safety and make it easier for all road users to navigate this intersection.

Dedicated pedestrian crossing facilities will also improve pedestrian safety, particularly for students and families attending the Magpie Primary School. 

The benefits of dedicated traffic signals and pedestrian crossing points at this intersection include:

  • Improved pedestrian and cyclist safety,
  • Better traffic capacity for the here and now, as well as future proofing for growth, 
  • Improved accessibility for road users seeking to travel from Prince and Docwra streets onto Albert Street, and 
  • More space for heavy vehicles to safely navigate the intersection.

On-street parking along Albert Street will be retained following completion of this upgrade.

Midland Hwy Queen Street to Docwra Street map

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Background

The Midland Highway forms part of Ballarat’s southern gateway in Sebastopol. Traffic includes commuters from the nearby Buninyong township that often use the Midland Highway to access central Ballarat and Ballarat West.

This section of the Midland Highway intersects with Docwra and Prince streets at Sebastopol. Vehicles using these local roads have limited opportunities to turn on to the Midland Highway during peak times. Currently 11,000 vehicles use the intersection of Midland Highway (Albert Street) and Docwra Street each day, and this is expected to grow by 20 per cent by 2041.

Daily vehicle usage on Docwra Street is expected to increase by 24 per cent in this time, while vehicle usage on this section of Prince Street is expected to increase by 80 per cent.

There were three crashes resulting in injury near this intersection between 2014 and 2019. With more traffic using this intersection and increased pedestrian activity from families accessing the nearby Magpie Primary School, a roundabout will improve intersection visibility and make it safer for all road users in this area.

Find out more about other Keeping Ballarat Moving projects in the area.

Get in touch

If you have any questions about the planned upgrades please contact us.

Email: ballaratprojects@roads.vic.gov.au
Call:    133 RRV