16 October 2017

$50m of crucial safety works announced for Great Ocean Road

Corangamite electorate towns and communities along the Great Ocean Road will be a major beneficiary of another $50m in safety upgrades to be delivered by the Turnbull government in partnership with the state.

The jointly funded five-year package of works will involve targeted safety improvements such as road and bridge strengthening, resurfacing and upgraded safety barriers and signage.

The Great Ocean Road now attracts 5.1 million visitors each year; and it’s critical we continue to drive the investment, planning and long term vision for this magnificent and iconic road.

I am incredibly proud that our government has led the way in delivering a total of $100 million to upgrade the Great Ocean Road.

At present, more than 100 individual improvements have been identified for stage 2 of the upgrade. Many of these projects require further planning, design and community consultation. They build on the first $50 million upgrade program (stage 1) which delivered many projects including a new bridge for Separation Creek and major road upgrades at Anglesea and Lorne.

The Stage 2 projects 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 to improve the intersection and provide 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 (location and design to be determined);
· Eastern View strategic directions upgrade including electronic speed limit signs at the arch and turning lane / parking bay improvements;
· New parking areas at Grey River and at Carribrook Creek;
· Castle Cove lookout car park improvements & pavement widening;
· Shipwreck Coast car parking access improvements including 12 Apostles entry intersection improvement; and
· Numerous bridge strengthening and major barrier improvements at Smythes Creek, Spout Creek, Calder River, Aire River, Ford River, Gellibrand River, Browns Creek and Petticoat Creek.

There will also be about 70km of road pavement upgrades.

Construction on the project is due to start in early 2018, with overall completion due by mid-2022.

Thank you to everyone who has provided feedback including at our Great Ocean Road summits. I have been very proud to advocate strongly for projects like a new pedestrian bridge and safety upgrade at Skenes Creek and a new, safe bus stop at Moggs Creek.

Planning works are underway and will continue over the coming months.

The Australian and Victorian governments are jointly funding the $50 million package of works.