City of Ballarat calls for $80 million in state funding for Ballarat Link Road, Stage Two THE City of Ballarat is calling for $80 million in state funding to construct Stage Two of Ballarat Link Road and to duplicate Stage One.
The 16km Ballarat Link Road is a bold transport initiative that will future-proof the municipality for planned growth and connectivity, providing a direct link from the Western Freeway to the Midland Highway.
The link will deliver improved rail, air and road access to the Ballarat West Employment Zone (BWEZ).
Stage Two of Ballarat Link Road will connect Remembrance Drive and the Glenelg Highway, and will also add a single lane in either direction to the Glenelg Highway.
In the lead up to this year’s State Election, the City of Ballarat has identified construction of the second stage of Ballarat Link Road as a priority project.
The first stage of this landmark project, between Remembrance Drive in Alfredton and Learmonth Road in Mitchell Park, is expected to open to traffic in April.
Project Manager Ron Hill said work is on track to finish in the first half of the year.
“The weather has been kind to us and the local community can see the road taking shape,” he said.
“We started work at the airport access road roundabout and we’ve come across the railway, across Blind Creek Road and we will connect to Remembrance Drive.
“We need funding to go from Lucas to the Glenelg Highway.” City of Ballarat Cr Samantha McIntosh added that Council would be lobbying State and Federal Governments for the funding.” “The message I feel is really important here is this is providing so much opportunity and locked in so much activity for Ballarat in the big picture,” she said.
“One it allows us to connect to the Wendouree station and so it gives us the next part of works after this is done, is to look at Gregory Street access, when you look at the congestion in the middle of Ballarat the big trucks coming through the middle of our CBD, it’s not safe, it’s busy and we want to make sure that it’s much smoother, much freer for our residents and visitors to Ballaarat.
“So this extension will take heavy vehicles straight off the freeway and straight across the Glenelg Highway, rather than having them come down Creswick Road and Doveton Street through Ballarat.”