Update - January 2020

We’re resuming work in Mair Street on Monday 13 January after the Christmas-New Year break.

Our contractors will be back on site at the Davies Street intersection to finish kerb works which began late last year.

Traffic management and speed limits will be reinstated during works.

Once work at Davies Street is finished, construction will begin at the Peel Street intersection. These works include installing kerb outstands to improve pedestrian safety and upgrades to the existing traffic signals.

We thank you for your patience during this construction phase.

Overview

Mair Street is an important high-volume corridor connecting local businesses, retailers and schools in the area.

Improvements to Mair Street will improve safety, ease traffic congestion and promote the corridor as a main road through the CBD.

The Victorian Government has invested $7 million for Stage 1 improvements between Princes and Davies streets, which are currently under construction. 

The upgrade of Mair Street will greatly improve the way you move through this busy and fast-growing area by creating more reliable journeys and improving safety for road users.

The Mair Street upgrade is progressing well, with works at the Humffray Street intersection now complete.

The current phase  of work involves building additional lanes between Davies and Princes streets, as well as adding a central median to protect pedestrians and drivers. 

A total of 22 new trees will be planted in Mair Street, between Humffray Street and Princes Street as part of the upgrade of this section. The trees will be a combination of London Plane trees and Chinese elms, and are scheduled to be planted in early 2020.

This stage of the project includes:

  • additional lanes added to allow for increasing traffic movements 
  • safer pedestrian crossings, including pedestrian operated signals near Davies Street
  • inclusion of bike boxes at signalised intersections to separate cyclists from vehicles while waiting for the lights to change
  • changing from angle parking to parallel parking in some locations to improve safety and allow for additional traffic lanes
  • synchronised traffic signals along the route to allow more efficient traffic flow and for more drivers to enter and exit Mair Street from Humffray and Peel streets
  • upgrading intersections, including additional turning lanes.

Map of Mair Street Davies Street to Humffray St safety improvements

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Map of Mair Street Humffray St to Princes St safety improvements

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Improving traffic flow

To improve safety and accommodate for the new traffic lanes, we’ll need to convert some of the angle parking to parallel parking.  

RRV has worked with Mair Street businesses and City of Ballarat to refine the original design which detailed the loss of 63 car parks. Changes to that original design have included adding formalised parking in Davies St North as well as reducing the loss of parking along Peel Street. We have also consolidated loading zones where they are being underutilised. 

As a result of these changes, we estimate the number of parking bays between Davies Street and Princes Street will be reduced from 250 to 210. 

Together with the City of Ballarat, we’re continuing to explore additional opportunities for parking in nearby side streets.

To learn more about changes to parking and the City of Ballarat’s Smart Parking Plan click here.

Works between Davies Street and Humffray Street

Works to upgrade the intersection of Humffray Street and Mair Street started in January 2019 and finished in April 2019. The total upgrade to this section between the Humffray Street intersection and Davies Street is expected to be completed between October 2019 and April 2020.

Upgrades to this section include: 

  • synchronising traffic lights to allow more drivers to turn onto and off Mair Street from Humffray Street 
  • improving the road surface
  • widening kerbs to create a shorter distance for pedestrians to cross the road
  • planting new trees in a newly created median and roadsides
  • adding one traffic lane in each direction
  • reconfiguring carparks from angle to parallel
  • improving the bike path and providing a buffer zone.

Making Mair Street safer

A raised median will be constructed on Mair Street to provide refuge for pedestrians and safely separate opposing traffic lanes. We’re reducing crossing distances to create safer access for pedestrians.

Changes to Mair Street movements are as follows:

Left in and left out only:

  • East Street (north)
  • Laneway between East Street North and Pearse Street
  • Pearse Street
  • Coal Gears Road
  • Little Peel Street
  • Davies Street (north)

Left in, right in and left out

  • Bakery Hill shopping access Davies Street (south) 
  • Ballarat Leagues Club 
  • Wilson’s Fruit and Vegetables

U-turn facilities will be available adjacent the Ballarat Leagues Club and Bakery Hill shopping complex.

We’ll keep you moving

We’re working with businesses to ensure access is maintained throughout construction. Where possible, we’ll be working at night and on weekends to minimise impacts to businesses. Traffic flow will be maintained throughout the construction period.

Progress to date

The intersection at Humffray Street has been completed.  Upgrades include:

  • new asphalting to improve the road surface
  • widening of the kerbs to make it safer for pedestrians with a shorter distance to cross the road
  • synchronising traffic signals, so drivers are given more time to turn onto Mair Street.

We’ll be back to finish off the landscaping at the end of the project. 

Between Doveton Street and Armstrong Street (complete)

While major works are underway to build the Ballarat GovHub, and to facilitate movements of heavy vehicles necessary for this project, we completed minor road improvements between March 2019 and April 2019. These works included: removing carparks in the centre median in front of Civic Hall, and extending the right turn lane into Doveton Street to reduce congestion on Mair Street.

Further improvements to this section will be undertaken in late 2020.

Remaining sections (subject to funding)

Dawson Street and Mair Street intersection

Upgrades include: 

  • removing the roundabout and installing traffic lights 

Dawson Street and Sturt Street intersection

  • intersection improvements 

Lydiard Street to Davies Street

Upgrades to this section include: 

  • removing Grenville Street roundabout and installing traffic lights 
  • connecting CBD bike path to railway station

Other works

Between Dawson Street and Lydiard Street:

Service relocation works will be completed in sections in advance of roadworks and will be staged at various time throughout the project.

Related projects 

There are a number of other major projects happening nearby in Ballarat, including: 

To mitigate disruptions to the community, we are coordinating the delivery of Mair Street works in-line with these projects. We thank you for your patience while we complete these important upgrades for Ballarat. 

Have a say

Across 2016, 2017 and 2018, we completed extensive community engagement with the local residents and businesses, and sought advice and input from citizen advisory groups, transport industry experts, and the City of Ballarat to develop plans for the Mair Street Upgrade.  

To understand the needs of local businesses and mitigate impacts during construction, we established a project monitoring group in 2017. Representatives of this group include -

  • Ms Jodie Gillett - Commerce Ballarat
  • Ms Jo Guerts - Bakery Hill Kindergarten
  • Mr Roger Howlett - Ballarat Leagues Club
  • Mr Stephen Whelan - Bursons
  • Mr Phillip Sargent - Freight Bar
  • Ps Phillip Tong - Ballarat Christian Fellowship

We’re continuing to work with the businesses and stakeholders to better understand how we can improve plans, and mitigate impacts during construction. 

What's next?

We’re finalising the design for the remaining sections of Mair Street and exploring upgrades to the Grenville Street intersection. 

A funding bid has been submitted to the State Government for the construction of the remainder of the Mair Street Upgrade.

Get in touch

If you'd like more information about the project, or the timing of works, please get in touch.

Email: ballaratprojects@roads.vic.gov.au
Write: Sturt and Mair Streets, PO Box 580, Ballarat, Vic 3353