Labor's Barwon Heads Road duplication pledge

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Residents of the rapidly growing Armstrong Creek, and key coastal areas on the Bellarine, would be better able to get where they need to quickly and safely on duplicated sections of Barwon Heads Road, under an election pledge unveiled today (18 Oct 2018) by Labor.

Premier Daniel Anddrews said a re-elected Labor government would invest $318 million to duplicate four kilometres of Barwon Heads Road, between Settlement and Reserve roads, doubling the existing two lanes to four, as well as planning for duplication to Lower Duneed Road.

Intersections would be upgraded at Settlement Road and Breakwater Road, and new intersections would be built at Crows, Barwarre, Tannery and Reserve roads, helping traffic flow more smoothly and making the road safer.

Labor woud also build a new bridge to raise Barwon Heads Road where it crosses the train line north of Marshall Station, removing the dangerous and congested level crossing and making it quicker and safer for local drivers to get where they need to go.

This busy road would also be safer for local pedestrians and cyclists, with the upgrade to include a new shared path with a safety barrier, as well as new street lighting, road signage and landscaping.

A re-elected Labor government would start planning and pre-construction work in 2019, with major works starting in 2020 and the project to be finished by 2023.

This vital upgrade would deliver quicker travel times and safer conditions for local drivers and builds on Labor’s commitments to deliver a full duplication of the train line between South Geelong and Waurn Ponds, with station upgrades and more trains for commuters south of Geelong.

“Anyone who uses Barwon Heads Road will know how badly this massive upgrade is needed. This will make a real difference to both local families and tourists visiting our stunning beaches during the busy summer holidays,” Mr Andrews said.

G21 has advocated stronlgy for the duplication of Barwon Heads Road, as a key element of the necessary infrastructure to service the Armstrong Creak urban growth area (a G21 Piroity Project).

Labor's announcment follows a Liberal-National Coalition election commitment last August of $290 million to duplicate Barwon Heads Road from Settlement Road through to Lower Mt Duneed Road.

Source: Based on a state government media release.