The Courier’s readers nominate Ballarat’s worst roads

WE asked and Ballarat’s road users have spoken.

Readers of thecourier.com.au have nominated the worst roads in Ballarat, with Ballarat-Colac Road, Yankee Flat Road and Main Road coming out on top.

There were many more nominations for Ballarat’s worst road, with voters giving various reasons for their frustration including rough surfaces, congestion and poor signage.

Earlier this week, Ballarat-Colac Road was voted the worst in the state on a Victorian Labor website aimed at highlighting roads in need of repair. 

Of the roads nominated by our readers as needing repairs, Colac-Ballarat Road, Main Road/Geelong Road and Norman Street are managed by VicRoads.

The City of Ballarat looks after Greenhalghs Road, Dyson Drive, Ring Road, Cuthberts Road and Cherry Flat Road.

Moorabool shire and the City of Ballarat jointly maintain Yankee Flat Road.

City of Ballarat city infrastructure general manager Eric Braslis said major reconstruction works in Dyson Drive and Cuthberts Road and major patching in Ring Road were being considered for inclusion in the 2014-15 capital works budget.

VicRoads regional director Ewen Nevett said it was undertaking a program of works to improve safety and traffic flow along Main Road/Geelong Road.

Roads Minister Terry Mulder yesterday announced that a contract worth $881,546 had been awarded to improve the Olympic Avenue intersection on Geelong Road.

The road will be widened to allow for additional turning lanes and traffic signal installation to improve safety and traffic flow at the site. 

Mr Braslis said council conducts regular inspections of all roads within our network. 

“If there are defects found, the affected road will be added to council’s maintenance regime,” he said.

The council’s 2013-14 capital works budget includes road works at Tait Street (Delacombe), Humffray Street South (Mt Pleasant), Coghills Creek Road, Addington Road (Ascot), Yarrowee Street (Sebastopol) and Cuthberts Road (Alfredton).

tom.cowie@fairfaxmedia.com.au

Ballarat’s bad roads

The top 10 worst roads in Ballarat, as voted by thecourier.com.au readers

Ballarat-Colac Road

Yankeee Flat Road

Main Road/Geelong Road

Dyson Drive

Cuthberts Road

Cherry Flat Road, Smythes Creek

Ring Road

Schools Lane, Ross Creek

Greenhalghs Road between Wiltshire Road and Yorkdale Boulevard

Norman Street between Dowling Street and Forest Street

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