Safety boost for Western Freeway

People driving between the Western Ring Road and Ballarat will now have a safer journey with the completion of a package of safety upgrades along the Western Freeway.

The final safety upgrades between Bacchus Marsh and Leigh Creek are now complete, forming part of around 230 kilometres of flexible safety barrier installed on the Western Freeway.

The new barriers also include additional turning points for emergency services and access breaks from every 500m to 1km that allow cars space to pull over during breakdowns and emergencies.

Travel time signage between the Ring Road and Ballarat has been installed to allow road users to make informed decisions about their travel in real-time.

This information is particularly important during changed driving conditions such as incidents, including crashes.

The Western Freeway is one of most important routes in the state, connecting the western growth zone with the city, and serves as the major road link for freight between Melbourne, Western Victoria, and South Australia.

This road was listed as one of the state’s most dangerous, between 2013 and 2018 there were 28 fatalities, and 207 serious injuries on this stretch of road.

The improvements will significantly improve safety along the Western Freeway and reduce the risk and severity of head-on and run-off-road crashes.

Existing safety barriers on the Western Freeway were hit 236 times in 2018 – which is 236 potentially serious crashes avoided.