$50m upgrades for Great Ocean Road

Economic Development Pillar

Bridge strengthening, road resurfacing, intersection and pedestrian improvements and bus stop installation are part of $50 million upgrades announced for G21 region tourism magnet the Great Ocean Road.

Federal and Victorian Governments are jointly funding the critical work, targeting 100 improvements during the next five years.

The projects were announced on October 16, 2017 as a second stage of upgrades, following an earlier funding announcement.

Work is scheduled to start early in 2018.

Member for Corangamite Sarah Henderson said the improvements would benefit communities along the road and support investment, planning and long-term vision for the iconic tourist route.

The Great Ocean Road is a G21-Geelong Region Alliance Priority Project, focusing on areas including investment, maintenance, management and nurturing of the visitor economy.

Latest works as part of the $50m package will include:

  • Pedestrian refuges at Kennett River and Skenes Creek;
  • Pedestrian improvements in Lorne and Apollo Bay townships;
  • Apollo Bay war memorial roundabout intersection upgrade;
  • Skenes Creek intersection upgrade with provision of a new pedestrian bridge;
  • Lavers Hill intersection improvements;
  • Turning lane upgrades at multiple lookouts including at Urquart Bluff lookout;
  • Wild Dog Creek Road intersection upgrade;
  • Turning lanes at Hurst Road;
  • Installation of a bus stop at Moggs Creek with location and design to be determined;
  • Eastern View strategic directions upgrade including electronic speed limit signs at the arch and turning lane and parking bay improvements;
  • New parking areas at Grey River and at Carisbrook Creek;
  • Castle Cove lookout car park improvements and pavement widening;
  • Shipwreck Coast car parking access improvements including 12 Apostles entry intersection improvement;
  • Bridge strengthening and major barrier improvements at Smythes Creek, Spout Creek, Calder River, Aire River, Ford River, Gellibrand River, Browns Creek and Petticoat Creek; and,
  • About 70km of road pavement upgrades.

Stage one $50 million improvements included installation of a new bridge at Separation Creek and major road upgrades at Anglesea and Lorne.

Source: A media release from Member for Corangamite Sarah Henderson.