|Funding Program:||Investment Road and Rail Program
|Expected Start/Finish:||Late 2022 - Late 2025
|Estimated Project Cost:||$450,000,000
|Australian Government Contribution:||$360,000,000
|Local Council/Shire:||Ararat Rural City Council,Northern Grampians Shire Council
|Corridor:||Melbourne - Adelaide
This project will complete the duplication of the Western Highway from Ballarat to Stawell by duplicating the final section between Ararat and Stawell.
The Western Highway is a vital link for the transportation of road freight between eastern and central Australia. It serves a mix of regional communities and industries, linking major agriculture including grain, timber, horticulture and livestock production areas of western Victoria and South Australia to Melbourne, Adelaide and the associated export market.
More than 6,000 vehicles travel the Western Highway west of Ballarat each day, including 1,500 trucks, making it one of the busiest rural freight routes in Australia. This traffic is expected to double by 2025.
The project will increase capacity on the highway which will lead to an overall increase in the efficiency and reliability of the corridor. It will also improve access for local communities and provide safer conditions for all road users.
The Australian Government will contribute up to 80 per cent, capped at $360 million.
The delivery schedule will be determined as planning on the project progresses and in consultation with the Victorian Government.
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Project details last updated: 7/01/2021