Update - May 2022

Major works at the Drummond Street and Sturt Street intersection are complete. Some minor works, including landscaping, will be undertaken at a later date.

We’d like to thank the Ballarat community, particularly traders, residents and the healthcare precinct, for their patience during the intersection upgrade.

Map of planned upgrade along Drummond Street/Sturt Street intersection

View a larger version of the Drummond St/Sturt St Intersection Upgrade

About the upgrade

A new pedestrian crossing and traffic signals were installed to connect the shared path and allow people to cross the centre median safely.

This work addresses previous access issues and provides a consistent path down Sturt Street for cyclists and pedestrians.

Further to this work, the existing traffic signals at the intersection were upgraded to LED to improve efficiency.

Background

Together with the City of Ballarat, we've developed plans to upgrade key roads, intersections and road infrastructure to improve safety for pedestrians and cyclists. These plans support the implementation of the council's Ballarat Cycling Action Plan.

View more information about the Ballarat Cycling Action plan [PDF 6 Mb]

A key component of the plan is the Ballarat Safer Cycling Connections project, which aims to connect the missing links in the existing bike path network. This would provide a safe and direct east-west cycle path connecting the growing western suburbs with central Ballarat.

This project includes more than 12km of new or upgraded walking and cycling paths, and an enhancement of the Sturt Street centre median gardens to separate walkers and cyclists from vehicles.

The design of the path, which was the result of extensive consultation with the Ballarat community and key stakeholders, also protects the historic integrity of Sturt Street’s iconic central gardens.

The RRV component of the shared path, between Gillies Street and Lyons Street, is complete. The City of Ballarat completed the Victoria Park shared path in 2018 and is currently working on the remaining section of the path along Sturt Street between Dawson and Grenville Streets.

Community engagement

Throughout our engagement with the community about plans for Sturt Street, we’ve heard a strong desire to have a shared path that connects the CBD with the city’s growing west.

In 2019, we formed a Public Reference Group (PRG) to investigate issues and opportunities relating to the location of a shared path.

The PRG comprised representatives from the City of Ballarat, Ballarat Heritage Advisory Committee, Ballarat Bicycle Users Group, Sturt Street Traders Group, Ballarat RSL and other organisations. Three seats on the group were allocated to community members who were selected by an Expressions of Interest process.

Following months of consultation and technical assessment, the PRG recommended the path be located in the median gardens of Sturt Street.

After further community feedback about the recommendation in 2019, the path was designed to travel down the south side of the Sturt Street median.

Get in touch

If you have any questions about the Sturt Street Shared Path and associated projects please contact us.

Email: [email protected]