Great Ocean Road upgrades at Mt Defiance to close road

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The Great Ocean Road will close at Mt Defiance between Monday May 28 and Thursday May 31 for urgent upgrades.

The Great Ocean Road at Mt Defiance will be temporarily closed to traffic for four days in late May to allow for vital geotechnical, drainage and road rebuilding works to be completed.

From Monday 28 May to Thursday 31 May, around two kilometres of the iconic coastal route will be closed in both directions so VicRoads can undertake urgent upgrade works to improve the safety and longevity of the road.

Maintaining and upgrading the Great Ocean Road is a G21 Priority Project.

A large section of damaged road surface will be rebuilt to improve the strength and safety of the road for drivers and reduce the risk of future landslides.

The closure will have significant impacts for local communities, but is critical to ensuring the iconic Great Ocean Road remains safe and strong.

The closure is scheduled for when traffic volumes are historically lower.

Communities and businesses along the Great Ocean Road will still be accessible via a detour route, but drivers will need to allow extra travel time.

The section of the road to be closed – about 10 kilometres west of Lorne at Mt Defiance – is incredibly narrow and perched on a rocky cliff-face, which makes it unsuitable and unsafe to run a lane of traffic alongside the roadwork.

These works are part of the Australian and Victorian governments’ $100 million investment to upgrade the Great Ocean Road.