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

New improved access to Western Freeway now complete

Media Release

MM139/2018

30 August 2018

Joint release with:

The Hon Luke Donnellan MP

VIC Minister for Ports, Roads and Road Safety
State Member for Narre Warren North

Senator Jane Hume

Senator for Victoria

An upgrade improving access to the Western Freeway is now complete, with new entry and exit ramps at Halletts Way to enhance traffic flow and speed up travel times.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Michael McCormack said the upgrade demonstrated the Australian Government's strong commitment to improving infrastructure across Victoria and nationwide.

“Around Australia, we are investing in road infrastructure to improve connectivity throughout our regions, and these new ramps will greatly improve local access to a key transport corridor,”

Mr McCormack said.

Victorian Minister for Roads and Road Safety Luke Donnellan said a new shared pedestrian and cycling bridge over the Western Freeway at Halletts Way will mean safer journeys for cyclists and better active transport links.

“Not only are we improving traffic flow and reducing congestion in the heart of Bacchus Marsh, we're giving people more options to get around safely—whether it's by car, bike or foot.”

“The addition of new traffic lights and the east-facing freeway ramps will boost safety at the freeway interchange, making it easier and faster for locals to get where they need to go,” Mr Donnellan said.

Senator for Victoria Jane Hume said the new entry and exit ramps would make a significant difference for locals commuting to Melbourne or Ballarat.

“This upgrade is a win for drivers in this region, who will now reap the benefits of improved traffic flow within Bacchus Marsh and spend less time stuck in traffic,” Senator Hume said.

A new noise wall along the edge of the westbound exit ramp, south of the freeway, is currently underway to reduce noise levels for residents, and this work will have limited impact on the general public.

The $15.2 million project is jointly funded, with the Australian Government committing $12.16 million and the Victorian Government committing $3.04 million.