Upgrades to Bacchus Marsh-Balliang Road will deliver a safer and smoother journey for residents, freight operators and primary producers thanks to the Victorian Government’s Fixing Country Roads Program.
Member for Buninyong, Michaela Settle said a $630,000 state government contribution was enabling Moorabool Shire Council to widen the existing seal from 5.8 to 7 metres, improving safety as well as reducing costly wear and tear on heavy vehicles.
The works, which have now commenced, will target a 4.5 kilometre section of the road heading south from the McCormack Road intersection to the railway underpass. The upgrades will also involve major patching, resurfacing and drainage works.
Bacchus Marsh-Balliang Road is an important route for residents, farmers and local businesses, carrying an increasing number of vehicles in the past few years as the Bacchus Marsh area expands, with an average of 3150 vehicles travelling along the road each day.
“As the Bacchus Marsh continues to grow, so does the need for high-quality infrastructure, which is why we’re partnering with Moorabool Shire Council to deliver improved roads and infrastructure,” Ms Settle said.
“The Fixing Country Roads Program is helping to ensure that regional Victorian communities have access to high-quality roads – regardless of who they’re managed by.”
Works are scheduled for completion by 30 June, weather permitting. Locals are advised that speed and lane restrictions may be in place around the clock to keep drivers and workers safe.