Work is set to begin on an upgrade of a further one kilometre stretch of the Great Ocean Road in Anglesea.
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss said $50 million from the Victorian and Commonwealth Governments for the Great Ocean Road upgrade will ensure the iconic infrastructure is well maintained.
“The Great Ocean Road is one of the most visited tourist attractions in Australia and up to 22,000 vehicles per day can pass through Anglesea in peak holiday season,” Mr Truss said.
“This section of road between the Anglesea River bridge and the intersection at Tonge Street is in poor condition with constant heavy traffic travelling through Anglesea as one of the first key towns along the Great Ocean Road.”
“The Anglesea community and tourists will reap the benefits from these works which will improve the road and eliminate potholes and rough areas.”
Federal Member for Corangamite Sarah Henderson said the proximity of the road to the Anglesea River resulted in intermittent flooding which further deteriorated the road surface.
“These works will address the flooding which occurs on the road which is such a vital route for locals and tourists alike,” said Ms Henderson.
“Traders have regularly raised the flooding and poor road condition as an issue, which has the potential to close the road and cause delays.
“This project will also greatly improve road safety along this section, especially for tourists who may be unfamiliar with local road conditions.”
The works are focused on the Great Ocean Road between the Anglesea River and Tonge Street in Anglesea. This section of road is in worn condition due to heavy traffic and proximity to the Anglesea River, which results in regular flooding which further deteriorates the road surface. This will be addressed by installing new concrete kerbs and improving drainage.
The Australian Government has committed $25 million and the Victorian Government has committed $25 million towards a comprehensive package of works on the Great Ocean Road.
Works at Anglesea are expected to be complete by the end of 2015; the overall project is expected to be completed in mid-2018.
3 August 2015