Roundabout At High-Risk Mt. Rowan Intersection Now Completed

Roundabout At High-Risk Mt. Rowan Intersection Now Completed

Victoria Minister for Road Safety and the TAC Jaala Pulford

New Roundabout Boosting Safety At Mt. Rowan

Victor P Taffa

Works to construct a new roundabout at a high-risk Mt. Rowan intersection are now complete, giving people driving through the area a safer journey thanks to the support of the Andrews Government.

Minister for Roads, Road Safety and the TAC Jaala Pulford said the new roundabout will boost safety for the 3,800 vehicles that travel through the intersection every day.

“This new roundabout will make this busy intersection safer for the thousands of drivers who use it every day.” Minister for Roads, Road Safety and the TAC Jaala Pulford said.

Andrews Government has invested $1 Million through the Fixing Country Roads Program to enable the City of Ballarat to build the new single-lane roundabout at the intersection of Kennedys Road and Gillies Road at Mt. Rowan.

“Completion of the new roundabout at Gillies and Kennedy’s Road represents a huge reduction in risk for motorists using the intersection and a major improvement in road safety in the area.” City of Ballarat Mayor Ben Taylor said.

Intersection is the meeting point of two high-speed roads and has been the site of 7 crashes since 2013, resulting in 3 serious injuries. New LED lights have also been installed enhancing visibility for drivers travelling through the roundabout.

City of Ballarat also received a further $1.4 Million under Round 2 of the Fixing Country Roads Program to reconstruct a 480-metre section of the Ring Road between Learmonth Road and Gillies Street, and a 1.6 km section of Gillies Road between Jubilee Road and Millers Road at Bald Hills.

“Whether it’s the new roundabout at the Kennedys and Gillies road intersections or our upgrades to Sturt Street we’re boosting safety for drivers right across Ballarat.” Member for Wendouree Juliana Addison said.

Across Ballarat, pre-construction work has also begun at the intersection of Sturt Street and Raglan and Ascot streets before the installation of new traffic lights gets underway this week.

“Regional roads link our communities it’s always great to see road improvements underway and works completed that will boost safety for people driving, cycling or walking around Ballarat.” Member for Buninyong Michaela Settle said.

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

Regional Roads Victoria is also currently reviewing feedback from the community regarding a proposed shared user path in the city’s CBD as it progresses towards the release of more detailed designs as part of the Ballarat Safer Cycling Connections project.