Crash highlights notorious Sturt Street corner

VICROADS is actively reviewing a notorious Sturt Street corner that was the scene of a two-car crash at the weekend.

The crash, at the intersection of Sturt and Errard Streets, had been flagged as a danger point as VicRoads investigates a series of sweeping changes to traffic flow along the city’s thoroughfare.

Inbound traffic was restricted to one lane for 40 minutes on Saturday afternoon with emergency services working to clear the scene.

Paramedics assessed two females at the scene, one in her 20s and the other in her 60s, with one taken by ambulance to St John of God Hospital in a stable condition.

VicRoads western region director Mal Kersting said, while he could not comment on the weekend’s incident, the Errard Street intersection had definitely been under review.

“We’ve been out talking to the community about how we can make Sturt Street and this particular intersection safer for drivers, cyclists and pedestrians,” Mr Kersting said.

“Our plans are not set in stone and we want to achieve the best outcome for everyone. “We’ll be reviewing all the feedback we’ve received to ensure we can find a solution that addresses the community’s concerns and improves the safety of this notorious intersection.”

The Errard Street intersection is one of six that could possibly be removed along Sturt Street.

Proposed changes are being driven by alarming crash statistics which highlight the intersections as among the most dangerous places on the road in the Ballarat CBD. 

VicRoads has hosted public information sessions, met with Sturt Street businesses and held a ‘pop-up shop’ on Sturt Street, which was visited by about 150 people in one week, as part of its community consultation.