Burrumbeet to Trawalla Western Highway duplication opens

Media Release

WT040/2015

17 February 2015

Joint release with:

Dan Tehan

Federal Member for Wannon

Luke Donnellan

Victorian Minister for Roads, Road Safety and Ports

Motorists will soon be able to travel on a safer, two-lane divided highway between Burrumbeet and Trawalla, with a 23-kilometre section of the Western Highway opening this week.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss said the opening is a key milestone in the ongoing duplication of the Western Highway from Ballarat and Stawell.

“This upgraded section of the highway means people driving from Ballarat to Beaufort can take advantage of continuous overtaking opportunities and have peace of mind with safer intersections,” Mr Truss said.

Federal Member for Wannon Dan Tehan, who was onsite today to celebrate the upcoming opening of the upgraded section of road, said some works would continue from Burrumbeet to Trawalla after the opening.

“This week will see large beams lifted into place to form a major interchange and highway overpass at Eurambeen, between Beaufort and Buangor,” Mr Tehan said.

“Construction is also well underway on 15 kilometres west of Beaufort while major earthworks will begin on a six kilometre bypass of Buangor in March.”

Victorian Minister for Roads Luke Donnellan said continuing works will also improve on and off ramps at Remembrance Drive and reconnect the Avenue of Honour.

“The Western Highway upgrade will better connect Ballarat with surrounding regional towns and ensure economic growth and development in the years ahead,” Mr Donnellan said.

The Australian Government has committed $501.3 million and the Victorian Government $161 million to duplicate the Western Highway from Ballarat and Stawell.