Update - May 2021
Figure 1: The double U-turn at the corner of Sturt and Errard streets.
Upgrades to six high-risk intersections along Sturt Street are now complete.
TAC has funded the $9.3 million Ballarat Safer Cycling Connections project, with part of these funds allocated to the intersection upgrades.
Since late 2019, construction crews have been working to upgrade intersections at Talbot, Lyons, Errard, Windermere, Raglan and Ascot streets after they were identified as being significant crash areas.
These upgrades were carried out in conjunction with the shared user path along the southern edge of the iconic Sturt Street central gardens, between Pleasant and Dawson streets.
We would like to thank the Ballarat community, in particular the traders along Sturt Street and adjacent precincts, for their patience during these important intersection upgrades.
Raglan Street and Ascot Street intersections
We’re installing traffic lights at both Raglan Street and Ascot Street intersections to improve safety and traffic flow in the area.
These two intersections have a sad crash history. Between 2008 and 2018, 38 people were injured in 22 crashes at the Ascot Street intersection. In the same period, 15 people were injured in seven crashes at the Raglan Street intersection.
- Significantly reduce the number of crashes at the two intersections
- improve access to or across Sturt St
- provide pedestrians with a safe place to cross the road
- maintain access to side streets.
We’re installing double U-turns at Lyons Street, Errard Street and Talbot Street to reduce the risk of crashes in the area.
Between 2007 and 2018, 21 people were injured in 20 crashes at the Lyons Street intersection; 28 people were injured in 12 crashes at the Errard Street intersection; and 29 people were injured in 22 crashes at the Talbot Street intersection.
- Significantly reduce the number of crashes at intersections by removing the option to turn right and reduce conflict points with turning vehicles
- improve safety with minimal impacts on traffic flow for people travelling along Sturt Street
- maintain east-west access
- reduce risk of injuries if crashes were to occur, due to the impact angle of cars entering Sturt Street.
We’re joining the median at this intersection, which has a high crash history. At intersections with a high crash history, removing the median break is one of the safest options, and the most effective means of preventing serious injuries and fatalities.
Between 2008 and 2018, 11 people were injured in 13 crashes at the Windermere Street intersection. We critically reviewed the benefit of joining the median at Windermere Street and considered the consequence moving traffic to safer intersections.
- completely eliminate side impact crashes
- no impact on through traffic on Sturt Street
- provide continuous access for pedestrians through the centre gardens and increasing available green space.
Get in touch
If you’re interested in the Sturt Street Intersections project (not railway cycling corridor), please contact us.
Email: [email protected]
Call: 133 RRV (133 778)