Update - July 2022 

Docwra Street closure

Docwra Street will be closed from Albert Street from 31 March until 4 July, weather permitting.

This closure is necessary to allow crews to fast-track watermain and drainage replacement, kerb construction and asphalting works.

Docwra Street will remain open to foot traffic, with motorists to detour along Magpie Road to access Docwra Street, including Magpie Primary School.

Traffic management will be in place on the Midland Highway, including reduced speed limits to 60km/h and temporary arrangement to support safe traffic movements between the Midland Highway and Magpie Road. 

Motorists are advised to plan ahead if travelling through this area to avoid delays.

Albert Street duplication works

Construction will take around 10 months to complete, weather permitting.

Crews are currently installing drainage and new pavement along the eastern side of Albert Street between March and June.

During this phase of construction Albert Street will be closed to Westcliffe Crescent from March 22 until June 30, weather permitting, with local traffic to detour via Morgan Street .

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. 

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.

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.

Prince Street closure

This upgrade will require the temporary closure of Prince Street from Albert Street. 

Further information about this closure, including timeframes and detours, will be provided when known.

Resident access will be maintained during this closure, with detours in place.

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: [email protected]
Call:    133 RRV