New Traffic Lights Get Underway to Keep Ballarat Moving
Works to keep Ballarat moving is now underway with major construction to install traffic lights at the intersection of Gillies and Gregory streets in Lake Gardens.
Aimed at reducing congestion and improving safety for tens of thousands of drivers each day, Member for Wendouree Juliana Addison said the installation will commence next week (from Monday 19 April) – the first project as part of the package.
A busy road, Gillies Street connects schools, Wendouree Station, recreation facilities and the nearby shopping precincts of Stockland Wendouree and Howitt St, with around 30,000 vehicles travelling through the intersection every day.
With significant growth continuing in Ballarat’s west, there is the expectation overall traffic volumes will continue to increase significantly.
Installing traffic lights will improve traffic flow and boost safety and safeguard against future congestion – synchronising with the existing Howitt Street traffic lights and the Gillies Street level crossing to minimise delays.
Works to install these new traffic lights is expected to take around four months to complete, with traffic management in place and minor delays of approximately five minutes expected at times during this period.
The Andrews Labor Government’s Keeping Ballarat Moving package is delivering improvements to six of the busiest intersections and surrounding roads in Ballarat.
Next priority projects to get underway include replacing the existing roundabouts at La Trobe Street and Wiltshire Lane, and Wiltshire Lane and the Glenelg Highway, with traffic lights.
Quotes attributable to Member for Wendouree Juliana Addison
“As we continue to upgrade intersections across Ballarat, we’re getting on with building the infrastructure our growing community needs and supporting local jobs in delivering these projects.”
“The installation of these new traffic lights will ensure that everyone has a safer and easier journey through this busy Gillies Street intersection as our city continues to grow.”