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City of Ballarat Community Magazine April 2010
Mair Street upgrade to create a better link from east to west
One of the first streets established in Ballarat in the mid-1800s, Mair
Street is an important link between the east and west sides of the city.
The stretch of Mair Street between Prince and Dawson streets has been
used as a designated city traffic route since the opening of Ballarat's
Western Highway bypass in 1994. Since this time the street has become
more congested and now requires a substantial upgrade.
On 24 February 2010, Council gave in-principle support for a staged
major upgrade of Mair Street to improve traffic flow and further encourage
traffic to use the road as the alternative to Sturt, Curtis and Little Bridge
The City of Ballarat and VicRoads will now work together to develop
detailed designs and seek funding for the project.
The proposed first stage of works will see the removal of roundabouts at
the Dawson Street and Grenville Street intersection. Traffic signals will be
installed in their place and all five sets of traffic signals along Mair Street
will be synchronised to significantly reduce interruptions to traffic flow.
The additional traffic signals will also provide safer pedestrian access
across Mair Street for the growing number of shoppers in the area. With
more through traffic choosing to use Mair Street, Sturt Street and the CBD
will be utilised more as a shopping, business and entertainment precinct
rather than a thoroughfare.
Other proposed works include additional turning lanes, upgrading
sections of the road to two lanes in each direction, establishing a
consistent speed limit of 60km/h and improving directional signage.
RECOMMENDED CHANGES TO MAIR STREET
• Removal of roundabouts -- replaced with traffic lights
• Synchronisation of traffic lights to reduce stopping and starting
• Improved pedestrian crossings at traffic lights
• Identification of sites for construction of car parking
• Construction of a central median strip
• Two traffic lanes in each direction
• Additional turning lanes
• Improved directional signage
• Establishment of a consistent speed limit of 60km/h
• Encouraging traffic access between Dawson Street
and Mair Street
• Discouraging traffic from the Mair Street approach
west of Dawson Street
The second stage will look for and establish alternative parking to allow
for the removal of angle parking from Mair Street in order to construct two
lanes in both directions.
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