Update - April 2021
As part of the planning process, our crews will be on site this month completing geotechnical investigations.
The works will involve drilling boreholes along the side of various roads across the optional routes for the bypass.
The works will not impact the road or traffic flow.
A final alignment for the proposed route has not been determined. The final alignment is expected to be identified later this year.
Community Consultation Update
Community feedback on the shortlisted options is fundamental to our planning and one of many factors we’re considering as we work towards identifying a final alignment by mid-to-late 2021.
We will continue to consult with key stakeholders, including state government departments and agencies, as well as local government and utility providers, to ensure a future eastern link road aligns with other significant projects planned for Bacchus Marsh.
We’re also conducting additional technical studies to inform the options assessment, including assessing the performance of the shortlisted options across a range of key criteria.
A summary of the shortlisted options is available below.
Results from our December 2020 survey on the shortlisted options are available below.
A summary of all questions and answers from the December 2020 online Town Hall sessions is available below.
For detailed information on the shortlisted options visit:
The population of Bacchus Marsh and Maddingley is expected to double by 2041. As a result, there is a need to increase land supply for housing and Precinct Structure Plan (PSP) areas have been designated for future communities. A north-south link road would help ease the congestion caused by this significant growth.
The Moorabool Shire Council’s Integrated Transport Strategy and the Urban Growth Framework has identified an eastern bypass as key transport infrastructure required to alleviate congestion for Bacchus Marsh.
Previous studies have demonstrated that an eastern link road will divert heavy vehicles and through traffic away from the Bacchus Marsh town centre. The congestion during peak periods in Bacchus Marsh has resulted in a heavy reliance on Gisborne Road/Grant Street to provide north-south access to the Western Freeway.
An eastern link road will also provide an alternative north-south arterial road connection to Gisborne Road/Grant Street. There is currently no funding for construction of an eastern link road.
The planning study will identify alternative route or alignment options that will:
- provide an efficient, safe and direct connection to the Western Freeway for freight transportation between the Port of Geelong, Ballarat, Adelaide and the Calder Freeway
- reduce congestion, improve reliability and reduce travel times, therefore encouraging other modes of transport such as cycling and walking
- improve amenity in the Bacchus Marsh town centre
- improve safety on the existing road.
A steering committee has been established to provide specialist advice on the project. The committee members include representatives from:
- Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DEWLP)
- Department of Transport
- Moorabool Shire Council
- Southern Rural Water (SRW)
- Victorian Planning Authority (VPA)
RRV is considering community feedback, along with findings from various technical studies and consultation with landowners and key government agencies, to select a final road alignment.
A final alignment is expected to be identified by mid-to-late 2021.
This is a planning project. RRV will investigate future funding opportunities.
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Get in touch
Write: Bacchus Marsh Eastern Link Study, P.O. Box 580, Ballarat, 3353
Session 1 - Virtual Town Hall - December 2020
Session 2 - Virtual Town Hall - December 2020