We’re upgrading the Western Highway between Ballarat and Stawell to get you where you need to be sooner and safer.


The Victorian and Australian Government has invested $672 million for the Western Highway Upgrade to meet the demands of a growing population.

The Western Highway is the major road link between Melbourne and Adelaide. Farming, grain production, regional tourism and a range of manufacturing services rely heavily on this highway.

More than 6000 vehicles travel the Western Highway west of Ballarat each day, including 1500 trucks. This traffic is expected to double by 2025.

Between 2010 to 2015, there were 72 crashes on the Western Highway between Ballarat and Stawell including 5 fatalities and 32 serious injuries.

We’ve been upgrading the highway  between Burrumbeet and Stawell since 2013 and to date, 55km of highway has been duplicated between Ballarat and Buangor.

About the upgrades

As part of the upgrade, we will:

  • add an extra lane in each direction between Burrumbeet and Stawell
  • install safety barriers
  • upgrade intersections
  • introduce protected turning lanes
  • build service lanes.

Improved safety

Better freight efficiency

Easier access to local facilities

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