Safety upgrades for Sturt Street

The first of a package of intersection upgrades along Sturt Street in Ballarat are set to begin soon, as consultation continues on the proposed bike path ahead of designs being finalised.

Two new sets of traffic lights will be installed at the Raglan and Ascot Street intersections, while existing lights at Ripon Street will be improved to add a pedestrian link between Sturt Street’s central medians.

These works are the first in a package of upgrades to be rolled out at six Sturt Street intersections, which have seen more than 135 people injured in crashes during the past 10 years.

The upgrades come following a period of extensive consultation between Regional Roads Victoria (RRV) and the community about how to improve safety along Sturt Street.

Original plans in 2017 proposed closing the six intersections, but alternatives have since been considered.

The updated designs for the six intersection upgrades have received overwhelmingly positive feedback, while the community is being urged to have their say on a proposed shared user path along Sturt Street ahead of designs being finalised.

Installation of the new traffic lights is expected to begin in the coming weeks, with construction to take up to 18 weeks.

Further safety upgrades at the remaining four intersections – Talbot, Errard, Lyons and Windermere streets – will be rolled out along Sturt Street in 2020.