Regional Roads Victoria’s Chief Regional Roads Officer Paul Northey said following extensive engagement with community and businesses over the past year, the three proposed designs received widespread support. 

Traffic lights will be installed at the intersections of Sturt and Raglan streets and Sturt and Ascot streets, while the Talbot Street, Lyons Street and Errard Street intersections will allow double U-turns. The intersection of Windermere and Sturt streets will become leftturn only, thanks to the extension of the centre median. 

“We’ve listened to the community, we’ve examined the data, and now we’re excited to be getting on with building a safer Sturt Street here in the heart of Ballarat,” Mr Northey said. 

In the past 10 years, 135 people have been injured in crashes at these intersections. 

More than 300 community members delivered their feedback on the options via a series of community information sessions held earlier this year and a dedicated online feedback portal. 

“The feedback we’ve heard from the people of Ballarat is that they agree something needs to be done – that’s why we’re taking the steps to make it safer for the 20,000 drivers who use this road each and every day,” Mr Northey said. 

The safety improvements are the result of a series of collaborative workshops involving a dedicated group of more than 70 Sturt Street traders. 

Works on the upgrades will start in the second half of 2019, beginning with the installation of traffic lights at the Raglan and Ascot street intersections. 

A dedicated public reference group is continuing to work towards identifying a preferred location for a bike path in Ballarat’s CBD, with the last of the group’s three scheduled meetings set to take place in mid-April. 

RRV is delivering upgrades along Sturt Street as part of the Ballarat Safer Cycling Connections project, in partnership with the Transport Accident Commission (TAC). 

The project is part of the $1.4 billion Towards Zero Action Plan, which aims to reduce the number of lives lost to 200 or fewer and serious injuries by 15 per cent by 2020. 

To keep track of this project and other works in your area, visit regionalroads.vic.gov.au 

To learn more about Towards Zero Action Plan works happening across the state, visit vicroads.vic.gov.au/towardszero