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


We’re upgrading approximately 33km of the Western Highway between Beaufort and Ararat, by adding an extra lane in each direction.

Beaufort to Buangor

We finished upgrading a 15km section of the Western Highway between McKinnon Lane and Andersons Road in April 2016.


  • filled the steep slope at Boxs Cutting where the new road diverges from the existing route
  • added new bridges at Fiery Creek and Charleycomb Creek
  • built a new interchange and highway overpass at Eurambeen-Streatham Road
  • built new intersections at Ferntree Gully Road/Goulds Lane and Mile Post Lane.

Buangor Bypass

We finished a 6km bypass of Buangor in April 2016.

These works included:

  • realigning and relevelling the existing highway
  • building three new bridges over Billy Billy Creek
  • adding new service roads to maintain local access and road connections to the township of Buangor
  • building a new interchange and highway overpass at Peacocks Road, with ramps connecting to the eastbound lanes.

Two new roundabouts were also constructed at key access points to Buangor township.

Buangor to Ararat

The upgrade of the 12.5 km section between Buangor and Ararat will:

  • add two lanes in each direction, including extra turning lanes
  • build a new bridge over the railway line
  • build two bridges over Hopkins River
  • add an interchange at Hillside Road, with entry and exit ramps
  • build 6km of new road to the south of the existing Western Highway.

We’ll progressively open the highway to traffic as work is completed.


After thorough investigations and community consultation, the Environment Effects Statement (EES) and Planning Scheme Amendment (PSA) processes between Beaufort and Ararat are complete.

We received all major planning approvals which allowed the upgrade between Beaufort and Buangor to go ahead.

The amendments to the Pyrenees and Ararat Planning Scheme Amendments were published on 31 October, 2013. The planning schemes include the reserved land for the upgrade along the Western Highway between Beaufort and Ararat which allowed us to acquire the land required for the project.

Thank you to everyone who participated in the EES and PSA process.

Managing the environment

We're currently working with a range of community groups, organisations and experts to develop our environmental management plan.

In 2016 a review of native vegetation accounting and environmental planning was commissioned to identify key learnings and future opportunities.


Environmental Effect Statements (EES) Main Report

Technical Appendices

An EPBC Compliance Report (2013/14) and Threatened Species Management Plan for Western Highway Project, Section 2: Beaufort to Ararat can be made available from the Western Highway Project office.

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