03 October 2018

Full steam ahead for Princes Highway duplication

I am delighted to visit the Conns Lane Bridge construction site today, which is part of the Princes Highway duplication project between Winchelsea and Colac.

The bridge is being strengthened by increasing the deck thickness to future-proof for freight vehicles. Bridge barriers will also be upgraded to bring them more in-line with current standards.

Drivers are also enjoying the first section of the Princes Highway duplication, which opened more than six months ahead of schedule in April.

The Australian Government is investing 50 per cent into the $363 million project which is being delivered in four sections. Sections 1 is complete, Sections 2 and 3 are under construction and Section 4 is partially complete.

The upgrades are as follows:

Section 1: Deans-Marsh Road Winchelsea to Armytage Road has delivered:

  • 11.5 kilometres of new lanes
  • New intersections at Mousley Road, Ondit Road and McDonalds Lane, Robertson Road, and Ingleby Road and Armytage Road
  • New left and right turn lanes into side roads
  • Flexible safety barriers on the edge of the road and in the median
  • Landscaping with more than 10,000 indigenous trees

Section 2: Armytage Road to Warncoort (under construction) includes:

  • 15km of new lanes
  • 2 new bridges over the Geelong-Warrnambool railway line
  • New intersections at Conns Lane, Prices Lane, Birregurra Road, Hallets Lane, Mooleric Road, McDonnells Lane, Ayreys Reserve Road and Warncoort-Birregurra Road
  • Designated left and right turn lanes off the highway
  • Safety barriers on the edge and centre of the road
  • Upgraded drainage

Section 3: Warncoort to Colac East (under construction) includes:

  • 8.5kms of new lanes
  • Improvement to six intersections at Bourkes and Trasks Roads, Pyles Road, Warrowie and Collins Roads, Colac-Ballarat and Drapers Roads, Flaxmill Road and Gallop and Baillie Streets
  • New designated left and right turn lanes off the highway
  • Flexible safety barriers on the edge of the road and in the median
  • Upgraded drainage.

Section 4: Colac and Colac East has delivered:

  • New intersections
  • Pedestrian crossings
  • New road surfaces including in Murray Street
  • Upgraded traffic lights to give remote access to fix faults
  • Upgraded bridge over the Geelong-Warrnambool train line in East Colac

Further works to be completed:

  • New bridge over Barongarook Creek to cater for freight vehicles
  • Improved walking and cycling routes
  • An upgraded entry to Colac and new vegetation.

The duplicated Princes Highway between Waurn Ponds and Colac is one of the region’s most significant transport infrastructure projects in a generation. It will provide increased capacity, improved travel times, reliability and vehicle safety as well reduced vehicle operating costs and environmental emissions.

It has driven a boost in investment confidence in Colac and district and will provide a very important alternate access to the Great Ocean Road, one of Australia’s most important tourism destinations.

The full duplication between Winchelsea and Colac is expected to be completed by mid-2019.

2 October 2018