Drivers warned of road closures during bike race

Motorists will have to give way to cyclists today as Australia’s oldest stage race passes through the city.

Sturt Street, Armstrong Street South and Lydiard Street are among the thoroughfares to temporarily close for the Herald Sun Tour, which will wind its way through Ballarat today.

Sturt Street will be closed to traffic between 7am and 4.30pm today between Lydiard Street and the Midland Highway for westbound traffic, while the strip between Grenville Street South and Lydiard Street South will be closed between 10am and 4.30pm.

Armstrong Street South will be closed from 7am until 10am between Sturt Street and Bath Lane for northbound traffic, and between Sturt Street and Chancery Lane from 10am to 4.30pm.

Lydiard Street South between Sturt Street and Bath Lane will be closed for northbound traffic between 10am and 4.30pm, while Albert Street will be closed between Dana Street and Sturt Street between 10am and 4.30pm as well.

Parking will also be impacted throughout the day.

VicRoads regional director Ewen Nevett encouraged all drivers to allow extra time for their journey. 

“We encourage people to plan their journey and remember that the Herald Sun Tour also accesses several major arterial roads,” Mr Nevett said.

“The rolling road closures are dependent on the speed that the riders are travelling.” 

A field of 96 riders began the tour, which will cover 561.5 kilometres over five days.

Traffic updates can be found on http://traffic.vicroads.vic.gov.au/

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