Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development, Communications and the Arts

Western Highway - Upgrade between Stawell and the South Australian Border

Funding Program:Investment Road and Rail Program
Transport Mode:Road
Expected Start/Finish:Early 2010 - Early 2016
Estimated Project Cost:$48,950,000
Australian Government Contribution:$40,400,000
Local Council/Shire:Hindmarsh Shire Council,Horsham Rural City Council,Northern Grampians Shire Council,West Wimmera Shire Council
Corridor:Melbourne - Adelaide

Project Description

The project upgraded and improved safety at selected locations on the Western Highway between Stawell and the South Australian border. The project constructed new overtaking lanes and rest areas, upgraded and strengthened existing bridges and sealed local access roads and shoulders. The project also determined the future alignment for a bypass around Horsham and installed an Intelligent Transport System (ITS).


The project increased freight efficiency, reduced transit times and improved traffic flow and safety for the 2,500 to 4,000 vehicles that are estimated to use the Western Highway between Stawell and the SA border each day.

Installation of the ITS, which advises drivers of current or upcoming traffic conditions in the event of an emergency or accident, has enabled drivers to make informed decisions about their intended route and reduced the need for lengthy delays or detours.


The estimated cost of the project was $48.95 million. The Australian Government contributed $40.40 million and the Victorian Government $8.55 million.


Construction commenced 4 January 2010 and was completed on 30 April 2016.

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Project details last updated: 18/12/2018