SAFER HOSPITAL ACCESS FOR BALLARAT

The Andrews Labor Government is making it safer and easier for pedestrians to move around Ballarat’s busy medical precinct with a range of upgrades getting underway.

Minister for Roads and Road Safety Jaala Pulford and Member for Wendouree Juliana Addison today announced a package of improvements along Drummond Street North – improving access to medical services including the emergency department at Ballarat Base Hospital, St John of God Hospital and specialist services.

The works include a new pedestrian crossing near the entrance of Ballarat Health Services, upgraded crossings at the Drummond Street-Mair Street roundabout and centre median line marking on Drummond Street between Sturt and Webster streets.

A permanent 40km/h speed limit will also be introduced along the section of Drummond Street between Sturt and Webster streets.
The upgrades are being delivered as part of the part of the Labor Government’s $9.3 million Ballarat Safer Cycling Connections package, funded by the Transport Accident Commission and delivered by Regional Roads Victoria.

Works are due for completion by the end of March 2020 and will be scheduled to avoid peak travel periods to minimise impact on traffic flow.

Quotes attributable to Minister for Roads and Road Safety Jaala Pulford

“These upgrades will make it safer and easier for Ballarat residents to access the important medical services they need at many Ballarat facilities.”

“Ballarat’s medical facilities are world-class – and we’re making it easier for people to get around the precinct safely on foot.”

Quote attributable to Member for Wendouree Juliana Addison

“This is just one of the ways that we’re improving safety for pedestrians right across Ballarat, making it easier to move around our rapidly growing city.”

Quote attributable to Member for Buninyong Michaela Settle

“Our pedestrian upgrades are helping the Ballarat community get where they need to go, and encouraging local people to walk and get active.”

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