New roundabout to improve safety near Ballarat

Works to construct a new roundabout at a high-risk intersection at Mount Rowan near Ballarat are now complete.

The state government has invested $1 million through the Fixing Country Roads Program to enable the City of Ballarat to build the new single lane roundabout.

The intersection at Kennedys and Gilles Roads in Mount Rowan has been the site of seven crashes since 2013.

New LED lights have also been installed to enhance visibility for drivers travelling through the roundabout.

Minister for Roads, Road Safety and the TAC Jaala Pulford said the new roundabout will boost safety for the 3800 vehicles that travel through the intersection every day.

The City of Ballarat also received a further $1.4 million under round two of the Fixing Country Roads Program.

Funding will help to reconstruct a 480-metre section of the Ring Road between Learmonth Road and Gillies Street, and a 1.6km section of Gillies Road between Jubilee Road and Millers Road at Bald Hills.

Across Ballarat, pre-construction work has also begun at the intersection of Sturt Street and Raglan and Ascot streets before the installation of new traffic lights gets underway this week.

Further safety upgrades at the remaining four intersections – Talbot, Errard, Lyons and Windermere streets – will be rolled out along Sturt Street in 2020.

Member for Buninyong Michaela Settle said regional roads link communities.

“It’s always great to see road improvements underway and works completed that will boost safety for people driving, cycling or walking around Ballarat,” she said.

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