Works will soon begin near Wanliss Road as part of a $4.8 million Victorian Government investment to improve connections between Ballarat’s increasingly busy western suburbs and the CBD.
RRV Acting Regional Director (Western) Brad Pryor said existing entry and exit points to the service road nearest the intersection of Wanliss Road and Sturt Street will be closed, with a new access point added to the east of Wanliss Road and a new exit added on the west side.
Relocating the entry and exit points will eliminate potential conflict points between vehicles and pedestrians and reduce the likelihood of crashes.
“These works will make life easier for drivers and students crossing the road to access the nearby Ballarat and Clarendon College and St Patrick’s College.”
“We’ll also be shifting the existing school crossing 10 metres to the west to link with a new footpath, which will connect with the footpath on the nearby service road to create a safer, easier route for hundreds of students,” Mr Pryor said.
Before construction begins on Saturday 21 September two trees either side of Wanliss Road will be removed, after an independent arborist found the trees are nearing the end of their lifespan due to disease and stunted growth.
The majority of works are scheduled during the upcoming school holiday period and any remaining works to be carried out between 9.30am and 2.30pm. Traffic management will be in place with speed reductions for the protection of drivers and workers.
The two previous stage of works on the Sturt St West Improvement Project were completed in May and July this year.
A new U-turn lane at the intersection of Sturt Street and Elliott Street has made it easier for drivers to turn safely and minimise the risk of rear-end crashes.
At Vale Street, this included closing the median so that drivers can only turn left in to Vale Street and left out on to Sturt Street – improving safety and traffic flow.
At Ballarat High School, the right turning lane from Sturt Street into the service road outside the school has been extended to reduce congestion during school pick-up and drop-off times.
The road surface has also been improved at the entrance and exit to the school, while footpaths around the school have been upgraded, with the ability to turn right from Longley Street removed to reduce the risk of crashes.
Other improvements scheduled to take place as part of the package include the installation of new traffic lights near Loreto College at the Russell Street/Morrison Street intersection and new traffic lanes at the Arch of Victory roundabout.