Major section of Victorian Western Highway Duplication project completed

Any fleet manager with vehicles operating throughout Victoria will likely be pleased to learn that a major section of the Western Highway Duplication from Ballarat to Stawell has now been completed.

The 8.1 kilometre section of highway was officially opened to traffic on January 31 by Australian parliamentary secretary for infrastructure and transport Catherine King, who noted that the duplication will bring major economic benefits to the Ballarat region.

"More than 5,500 vehicles, including more than 1,300 of these being freight vehicles will travel on this section of the highway per day and with these numbers expected to double by 2025, this project will accommodate these volumes," said Ms King.

"Travel on the upgraded highway will be safer and more reliable, reducing the risk of head-on accidents and driver frustration due to a lack of safe overtaking opportunities."

The duplication - which is part of a $6.8 billion commitment from the Australian government towards upgrading land transport infrastructure in Victoria - will likely have positive benefits for fuel consumption as well, by reducing congestion and improving traffic flow.

Victorian minister for regional cities Denis Napthine was also on hand to note that the upgrade was part of the Victorian government's ongoing initiative to improve road and freight movements across the state.

"Road users can now see the initial benefits of the project with another 23 kilometres under construction between Burrumbeet and Beaufort," said Mr Napthine.

Other currently ongoing road infrastructure improvements in Victoria include a $160 million project aimed at realigning the Western Highway at Anthonys Cutting, as well as a $5.05 million investment towards improving the safety of Ballarat roads under the Black Spot Program.