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


For the latest information on the project go to the Buangor to Ararat section page.

The Victorian and Australian Government has invested $672 million for the Western Highway Duplication 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.

There have been more than 100 crashes and 11 fatalities on the Western Highway between Ballarat and Stawell in recent years. It is vital for the safety of the community that this upgrade is completed.

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 project

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.
Western Highway project overview map

Map showing the stages and locations of the upgrades to the Western Highway

View a larger version of the map (PDF, 276.2 KB)

Improved safety

Better freight efficiency

Easier access to local facilities

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