June 15, 2018


Drivers will have a safer and more reliable journey between Geelong and Ballarat following the completion of four new overtaking lanes on the Midland Highway, between Bannockburn and Meredith.

Member for Buninyong Geoff Howard was in Meredith today to officially open the new lanes.

“These new overtaking lanes will help improve traffic flow and ease driver frustration for the thousands of vehicles that travel this section of the highway daily,” Mr Howad said.

“We all know how frustrating it is to be stuck behind a slow vehicle – now with two new Geelong-bound and two new Ballarat-bound lanes, drivers will be able to safely overtake on the Midland Highway.

“The project was funded with $12 million as part of the Andrews Labor Government’s Better Roads package to improve the state’s regional roads.

“As an additional safety measure, flexible safety barriers have been installed along these four 1.5-kilometre lanes to help reduce the risk of head-on and run-off crashes.

“I want to thank the community for their patience while speed restrictions were in place. Now with the opening of all four lanes, the speed limit will return to 100km/h.  

“This project has been something the local community have been calling out for, and will make a real difference to those who commute daily between Geelong, Ballarat and beyond.

“It also builds on previous works under the Bracks and Brumby Labor Governments to install overtaking lanes between Meredith and Elaine; and between Elaine and Clarendon.

“Labor has a proud record of investment that has made our regional road network safer for commuters, transport and pedestrians alike.”