Update - June 2021
Works to install traffic lights at this intersection began in April and will run until early August, weather permitting.
Detours are now in place for vehicles seeking to turn right from Gillies Street into Gregory Street.
To access Gregory Street from Gillies Street, vehicles will need to head north along Gillies Street and turn right into Howitt Street before making another right-hand turn onto Forest Street to access Gregory Street from the eastern end. This arrangement will remain in place until further notice.
Works to the centre median will also prevent right-hand turns from southbound Gillies Street lanes into Scarlet Drive. Instead of using the previous access point, vehicles will be required to conduct a U-turn from the nearby turning lane into Garden Crescent, before heading north along Gillies Street.
Traffic management is in place during construction, including 40km/h speed limits and lane closures along Gillies Street in each direction.
Access to Gregory Street West and Gregory Street from Gillies Street may be impacted at times during works.
Minor delays of around five minutes are expected at times during works. If travelling, plan ahead to factor in these changes to traffic conditions and avoid delays.
Traffic signals will not immediately be activated upon installation as we are working to synchronise them with the Gillies Street level crossing and the Howitt Street traffic lights to minimise delays.
Gillies Street is a busy road connecting schools, a train station, recreation facilities and nearby shopping precincts.
Approximately 2400 vehicles use this intersection each hour during peak time. This is expected to increase by 60 per cent by 2041. There were six crashes which resulted in injuries in this area between 2014 and 2019.
Gregory Street West is not directly aligned with Gregory Street east, making it harder for drivers to turn right safely in or out of Gregory Street east onto Gillies Street.
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With an increase in the number of people using Gregory Street and the continuous population growth in Ballarat West, traffic lights will:
- improve traffic flow
- provide safer turning opportunities
- Provide safer crossing points for pedestrians
- reduce the risk of crashes at the intersection.
The traffic lights will be synchronised with the Gillies Street level crossing and the Howitt Street traffic lights to improve traffic flow and create better pedestrian access to the upgraded Wendouree Train Station and nearby destinations.
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If you have any questions about the planned upgrades please contact us.
Call: 133 RRV