Victoria Opposition Leader Ted Baillieu
Coalition’s $4.5 Million For Major Upgrade Of Ballarat-Buninyong Road
Victor P Taffa
The Victorian Liberal Nationals Coalition today pledged $4.5 Million to ensure the Ballarat-Buninyong Road received the major upgrade it urgently needed, Leader of the Victorian Liberal Nationals Coalition Ted Baillieu announced today in Mount Clear.
“This funding will allow what is fast becoming an increasingly busy road to be partly duplicated in the Mount Clear area, with VicRoads to determine the section to be duplicated between Grant Street, Golden Point and Fisken Avenue, Mount Helen.” Mr. Baillieu said.
“Duplicated roads are far safer and with up to 16,600 vehicles using the road 8,300 each way a day, this upgrade will help improve safety at the intersection of Whitehorse Road and Ballarat-Buninyong Road.”
“Partial duplication is also needed if the Ballarat Technology Park is to develop to its maximum potential.”
“A report from June 2008 report prepared for VicRoads by consultants R.W.Stamp found that the traffic capacity of the Ballarat-Buninyong Road will impose a constraint on the future development of the University of Ballarat Technology Park.”
“Local residents, Mount Clear Primary School students and Ballarat University students will all benefit. The road upgrade will allow the Ballarat-Buninyong Road to cope with extra traffic resulting from Damascus College’s expansion of its VCE classes to Mount Clear in 2011.” Mr. Baillieu said.
Liberal Candidate for Ballarat East Ben Taylor said the Coalition will also provide a priority bus lane near the Whitehorse Road, Mount Clear intersection, and replace the current roundabout with traffic signals.
“This will reduce delays for both the Ballarat to Buninyong Route Bus Service and the 25 plus school buses that use this important arterial road each weekday.” Mr. Taylor said.
“The Coalition will also provide a bicycle lane on any duplicated sections of the Ballarat-Buninyong Road.”
Mr. Taylor said that right-hand turns into Gear Avenue and Greenhill Road in Mount Helen would be facilitated with the upgrade.
“There has been a dramatic jump in the rural road toll in 2010, and the Coalition’s commitment in the Ballarat East Electorate will vastly improve road safety, while at the same time ensuring that a Ballarat has the infrastructure to cope with expected business and jobs growth at Ballarat University’s Technology Park.”
“The Brumby Labor Government’s scheduled changes for this road are just a bandaid fix for an arterial that needs major surgery. An additional $4.5 Million from the Coalition will make that happen.” Mr. Taylor said.