Ministers for the Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities The Hon Michael McCormack MP Deputy Prime MinisterMinister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Senator the Hon Bridget McKenzie Minister for Regional ServicesMinister for SportMinister for Local Government and Decentralisation The Hon Alan Tudge MP Minister for Cities, Urban Infrastructure and Population The Hon Sussan Ley MP Assistant Minister for Regional Development and Territories The Hon Andrew Gee MP Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister The Hon Andrew Broad MP Former Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister The Hon Scott Buchholz MP Assistant Minister for Roads and Transport The Hon Barnaby Joyce MPFormer Deputy Prime MinisterFormer Minister for Infrastructure and Transport The Hon Dr John McVeigh MPFormer Minister for Regional Development, Territories and Local Government The Hon Keith Pitt MPFormer Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister The Hon Damian Drum MPFormer Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister Senator the Hon Fiona Nash Former Minister for Regional DevelopmentFormer Minister for Local Government and Territories The Hon Darren Chester MP Former Minister for Infrastructure and TransportFormer A/g Minister for Regional DevelopmentFormer A/g Minister for Local Government and Territories The Hon Warren Truss MP Former Deputy Prime Minister Former Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development The Hon Paul Fletcher MP Former Minister for Urban Infrastructure and Cities The Hon Jamie Briggs MP Former Assistant Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development

Work underway to upgrade Halletts Way Interchange

Media Release

DC169/2017

08 June 2017

Joint release with:

Luke Donnellan

Victorian Minister for Roads and Road Safety

  • Works begin on new access ramps to and from the freeway at Bacchus Marsh
  • Project to improve traffic flow and reduce congestion, supporting the growth and development of the local area
  • The Australian Government has contributed $12.16 million and the Victorian Government $3.04 million to the project.

Road works to provide better access for drivers entering the Western Freeway at Bacchus Marsh is underway, with construction starting on new access ramps.

Federal Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Darren Chester said the project would support traffic growth around Bacchus Marsh and support commuters travelling between Melbourne and Ballarat.

“The project will improve the safety for people traveling between Bacchus Marsh and Darley, and a new bridge will be constructed for pedestrians and cyclists that will sit alongside the existing bridge,” Mr Chester said.

“The Australian Government is committed to investing in regional infrastructure projects to deliver a safer, more efficient transport network.”

Victorian Minister for Roads and Road Safety Luke Donnellan said the upgrade would provide drivers using Halletts Way with another alternative to going through Bacchus Marsh to get to the freeway.

“We're getting on with this critical project which will vastly improve traffic flow and reduce congestion, helping people spend less time stuck in traffic,” Mr Donnellan said.

“We have listened to the people of Bacchus Marsh and I am proud to say that local residents, councils and businesses have contributed directly to the design of this upgrade.”

New east-facing freeway ramps will be constructed, allowing drivers to enter the freeway north of the Halletts Way Bridge, and exit the freeway south of the bridge.

A noise wall will be built along the edge of the southern freeway ramp and traffic lights will be installed at the intersections of the two freeway ramps and Halletts Way.

The Australian Government has contributed $12.16 million and the Victorian Government $3.04 million to the project. Construction is expected to be completed by late 2018.