Works are nearing completion in a trio of roads upgrades in Ararat Rural City.
The construction of a slip lane along the Western Highway and Heath Street intersection will be complete within a fortnight if weather permits.
The intersection was deemed unsafe due to motorists attempting to run the gauntlet over the rail crossing while exiting the Western Highway.
The final stages of the project will involve a new footpath that runs parallel to the Western Highway being built.
Upgrades on the 3.6-kilometre stretch of Woorndoo-Streatham Road are expected to be completed within a similar timeframe.
Drainage works and reconstruction of the shoulder have been completed along the section of the road.
Workers will begin prep work to seal the road this week.
The reconstruction of two sections along Willaura-Wickliffe Road is similarly nearing completion.
The pavement on the road between Bald Hill Road and Back Bolac Road had deteriorated significantly; rehabilitation of the pavement, improved drainage, and replacement of the existing culverts will improve the road's durability.
The combined cost of these projects is more than $4.14 million. The state and federal government and Ararat Rural City Council have all contributed to the projects.
Ararat Rural City Council chief executive Dr Tim Harrison said he was pleased to see the projects reach their final stages.
"This is a huge milestone for Ararat Rural City and highlights our most significant road construction projects for this financial year, with our budget delivering our single largest investments in roads ever," he said.