SAFER TRAVEL THROUGH MT ROWAN INTERCHANGE
It is now safer and easier to travel through the interchange of the Midland Highway and Western Freeway at Mount Rowan, with construction of a new roundabout now complete.
The new $2.5 million roundabout has drastically reduced the risk of crashes at the interchange, which was tragically the site of a fatal crash in November 2017.
The new roundabout is part of a broader $14.5 million package of works which will improve safety along the Midland Highway between Ballarat and Creswick.
The roundabout is part of the package of works that include intersection upgrades, shoulder sealing, wide centrelines, rumble strips and dedicated turning lanes.
These upgrades are all designed to reduce the risk of people being killed and seriously injured on this stretch of the Midland Highway as a part of the Andrews Labor Government’s Towards Zero Action Plan.
Road safety upgrades carried out under the $1.4 billion Towards Zero Action Plan are funded through the Transport Accident Commission (TAC) and delivered by VicRoads.
This plan aims to reduce the number of lives lost on Victorian roads to 200 or fewer and serious injuries by 15 per cent by 2020.
The total package of works along the Midland Highway is on track for completion by mid-2019.
Quotes attributable Juliana Addison State Member for Wendouree
“This new roundabout will greatly benefit local residents travelling to and from Ballarat, as well as creating safer access to the Melbourne freeway.”
“We’re proud to be investing in the safety of travellers along this section of the Midland Highway, which was identified as one of Victoria’s highest-risk roads.”