Ballarat Road, Melbourne
|Length||16 km (9.9 mi)|
|Route number(s)||State Route 8|
|West end||Western Freeway (M8), Ravenhall, Melbourne|
|Western Ring Road (M80)|
|East end||Princes Highway (State Route 83), Footscray, Melbourne|
|Major suburbs||Caroline Springs, Deer Park, Albion, Sunshine, Braybrook|
Previously known as the Western Highway, the road is signed as State Route 8. The Deer Park Bypass (completed 2009) carries the National Highway M8 designation while the Ballarat Road from Caroline Springs through Deer Park has the blue Route 8 shield. Route 8 continues on Ballarat Road across the Western Ring Road (opened 1996) to the inner suburb of Footscray. The freeway was originally designated in the 1969 Melbourne Transportation Plan as part of the F12 Freeway corridor.
Ballarat Road starts at the Footscray junction of Princes Highway (Geelong Road) in Footscray and continues west through Maidstone, Braybrook, Sunshine, Albion, Cairnlea, Deer Park, Burnside, and Caroline Springs. The major junctions along the route include the Western Ring Road and the Deer Park Bypass.
Tram route 82 runs along the Footscray section of Ballarat Road, between Gordon & Droop Streets. The Melton railway line from Southern Cross runs parallel to Ballarat Road from Sunshine about 1 km to the south, with stations at Albion, and Deer Park. Several bus routes run along Ballarat Road at various points (routes 215, 216, 220, 223, 256, 400, 406, 408, 410 and 456) with 456 continuing on the Western Freeway to Melton.
With three lanes running in each direction, between Deer Park and the Western Ring Road, this was one of the worst bottlenecks in western Melbourne with traffic reaching 70,000 vehicles per day, with 10 per cent of this consisting of heavy vehicles. This caused delays, in part due to seven traffic signals between the Western Ring Road and the start of the Western Freeway. With the completion of the Deer Park Bypass traffic volumes were predicted to decrease to local traffic standard since its opening on 5 April 2009.
Beyond that,[clarification needed] to central Melbourne, Ballarat Road has a single carriageway from Braybrook and is a two lane arterial road, including one small stretch which shares the road with trams.
Major intersections and suburbs
|Ravenhall||0.0||0.0||Western Freeway (M8) – Ballarat / Adelaide|
|Ravenhall, Caroline Springs||0.9||0.56||Christies Road / Caroline Springs Boulevard – Caroline Springs, Melbourne via M8|
|Ravenhall, Burnside||2.4||1.5||Westwood Drive – Hoppers Crossing, Burnside|
|Deer Park||4.4||2.7||Station Road (route 40) – Laverton, Taylors Lakes|
|Deer Park, Cairnlea||5.4||3.4||Kororoit Creek|
|Deer Park, Ardeer, Cairnlea||6.2||3.9||Western Ring Road (M80) – Ballarat, Geelong, Adelaide; Greensborough, Seymour, Sydney|
|Albion||8.9||5.5||Bendigo railway line|
|Sunshine||9.3||5.8||St Albans Road – St Albans; Anderson Road / McIntyre Road – Altona, Taylors Lakes|
|Sunshine, Sunshine North, Braybrook||11.0||6.8||Duke Street – Braybrook, Sunshine North|
|Braybrook||12.6||7.8||Ashley Street – Tottenham, Yarraville|
|Maidstone||12.9||8.0||Churchill Avenue – Braybrook, Maribyrnong|
|Maidstone, Footscray||14.3||8.9||Summerhill Road / Rosamond Road – West Footscray, Maribyrnong|
|Footscray||15.0||9.3||Gordon Street (route 37) – Williamstown, Essendon|
|15.3||9.5||Droop Street – Footscray|
|15.4||9.6||Farnsworth Avenue – Ascot Vale|
|16.0||9.9||Princes Highway (Geelong Road) – Geelong||continues as towards Flemington, Parkville, Melbourne CBD|
|1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi